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Dec 6, 2018 1:22 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Police Respond To Gun Threat At Southampton Business On Wednesday

Dec 11, 2018 11:05 AM

Southampton Town Police officers responded to a phoned-in threat of gun violence targeting a County Road 39 building in Southampton on Wednesday morning, December 5, that houses Ocean Electric, Dan’s Papers and several second-floor apartments.

According to Lieutenant James Kiernan, police received a call from an unknown man at approximately 6:45 a.m., threatening gun violence at the building located at 158 County Road 39. Patrol officers were immediately sent to the location and searched the area with no results.

Ocean Electric employees and several tenants were asked to vacate the building during the search, which took roughly an hour to complete.

Lt. Kiernan could not say whether the threat was related in any way to an unfounded domestic violence threat in Sag Harbor on Wednesday, November 28. In that incident, Sag Harbor Village Police said that a 911 caller threatened to harm family members and responding officers at an apartment on Main Street.

Sag Harbor Village Police had activated the East Hampton Emergency Services Unit, which consists of members of the East Hampton town and village police departments. Members of the Southampton Town Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit also responded, along with New York State Police troopers, a K-9 unit from the Suffolk County sheriff’s office, and hostage negotiators from the Suffolk County Police Department. The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation is still continuing that investigation.

The Southampton Town Police Detective Division is continuing to investigate the more recent incident in Southampton.

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