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Following gunfire in standoff, LeRay man surrenders


EVANS MILLS — Although gunshots were fired, no one was injured in an armed standoff that lasted slightly more than five hours Thursday afternoon and evening at a Bronze Star winner’s home on Goulds Corners Road in the town of LeRay.

Jason J. Love, 33, formerly of Calcium, surrendered peacefully about 7:20 p.m., and was taken to Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, for mental health evaluation, according to Sheriff John P. Burns. Sheriff Burns said he is uncertain whether criminal charges will be filed.

Mr. Love, a chief warrant officer 2, was awarded the Bronze Star in March 2011 for leadership and dedication to duty as a tactical unmanned aerial platoon leader during the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team’s deployment in Afghanistan. He is still considered on active duty, although he is on terminal leave, according to a Fort Drum spokeswoman.

Neither the spokeswoman, Julie Cupernall, nor his mother, Carmella Love, Calcium, could say if he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Police were called to the Love home at 26896 Goulds Corners Road at 2:14 p.m. following a domestic fight, during which the soldier’s wife, Remi Y., 30, fled from the house, Sheriff Burns said. When the first patrols arrived, they reported an armed man wearing a bullet-proof vest had been outdoors and had retreated into the house.

The armed man threatened to shoot police if they attempted to come after him, the sheriff said.

As the standoff continued, the sheriff said, about 30 police officers, including his deputies, his emergency response team with the department’s armored vehicle, state troopers, the Watertown police entry team and the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department armored vehicle team, took positions around the single-floor dwelling.

Shots were fired by Mr. Love at various intervals, the sheriff said, but it was unknown where he was aiming. Police did not return fire, he said.

At no time did police attempt forcible entry to the house, he said.

Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Paige C. Taylor and state police Investigator Thomas M. Guarasce, Pulaski, carried on negotiations with Mr. Love, eventually convincing him to surrender, the sheriff said. The man’s father, John F. Love, also was at the scene assisting police, the sheriff said, while Carmella Love tended to her son’s two children.

A 1997 graduate of Indian River Central School, Philadelphia, Jason Love entered the Army following graduation, and had his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He led a platoon of soldiers that conducted unmanned aerial missions in Iraq. He then served three deployments in Afghanistan.

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