A City of Newburgh man who kept police at bay in a tense, 10-hour standoff in December had his request for a reduced bail denied Monday, officials said.
Gosford Lembhard, 26, continues to be held at the Orange County jail in lieu of $500,000 cash bail or $1 million bond on charges including attempted murder.
Lembhard's attorney, Michael Sussman of Goshen, had asked Orange County Court Judge Nicholas DeRosa to reduce Lembhard's bail to $100,000 or less, citing his "strong local ties, including two small children" and the absence of a previous criminal record.
A call to Sussman for comment was not immediately returned Monday.
The standoff was related to an incident Sept. 9, in which Lembhard allegedly shot at a man, a woman and a 4-year-old child in a car and later told acquaintances he would kill any police officer who tried to arrest him.
On Dec. 5, police went to Lembhard's Liberty Street home at 6 a.m. and attempted to serve an arrest warrant on him for allegedly skipping a November arraignment date relating to the shooting incident. Lembhard waved a gun at them and kept four people, including his 10-year-old niece, inside the house as officers took up positions outside, according to police.
Gosford Lembhard is the brother of Michael Lembhard, a 22-year-old Newburgh man who was shot dead by city police during a confrontation in March. In July, a grand jury cleared the officers involved in the shooting.
Friends and relatives of Gosford Lembhard have said the standoff was not a hostage situation and that he was holding off police out of fear that he'd meet the same fate as his brother.
The standoff ended when Gosford Lembhard jumped out a first-floor window and ran to his front porch, where he was shot with a stun gun and was tackled and subdued.