A standoff lasting for hours between a veteran of the War in Afghanistan and New York police ended peacefully last week, but not before tens of thousands watched said veteran, Alexander Booth, livestream the stalemate from inside his home.
The video threatened to overwhelm the local 911 system and persuaded dozens of gun owners to show up on the scene to stand in solidarity with Booth.
Per Bearing Arms:
In his livestream, Booth alleged that officers were at his home in response to a “red flag” firearms seizure order, though the Putnam County sheriff says officers were first called out to the residence in reference to a domestic violence investigation. In a statement posted to the Putnam County sheriff’s Facebook page, the department referenced the huge online response sparked by the investigation and Booth’s live stream of the standoff on Instagram.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has been inundated with calls and social media messages from citizens expressing concern about a police response in the Town of Carmel. The incident was widely reported to be a law enforcement effort to seize firearms under “Red Flag” laws. This information is incorrect. The law enforcement response and subsequent arrest was related to a domestic violence investigation. The citizen involved is safe and in police custody.
Many of the responses to the Facebook post continue to express doubt with the sheriff’s side of the story, with hashtags like #TheRedcoatsAreComing and #SupportWhiskeyWarrior556 (Booth’s Instagram handle) flooding the comments.
As we’ve seen with many breaking news stories, there was a lot of confusion about what was taking place on the ground in Mahopec, New York while the events were unfolding. Information relayed on police scanner traffic was being reported by many online as confirmed facts instead of the unconfirmed reports that they were, including the apparently false report about a shootout between law enforcement and citizens in a nearby cemetery.