Baldwin Harbor man arrested after fireworks calls

Nassau County Police at scene of a six-hour Nassau County Police at scene of a six-hour standoff with a man who barricaded himself inside a Baldwin Harbor home -- in an attempt to avoid questioning by officers who had responded to a 911 call reporting illegal fireworks being detonated. (August 18, 2013) Photo Credit: Brad Trettien

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Police have charged a Baldwin Harbor man and confiscated several handguns, magazines of ammunition and a switchblade knife from his home after they said he barricaded himself inside and threatened to shoot officers responding to 911 calls reporting fireworks in the neighborhood late Sunday night.

Richard Erickson, 43, of 3397 Bay Front Dr., Baldwin Harbor, was arraigned Tuesday on 10 counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree menacing, and second-degree obstructing governmental administration, explosives storage and explosives, licenses and certificates -- a felony charge under state labor law for not being legally licensed to possess and shoot off fireworks.

Erickson was arraigned at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, records show. He was brought there for an evaluation.

Nassau police said Erickson was taken into custody after a six-hour standoff with officers, including members of the Emergency Service Unit, the Bureau of Special Operations and a Hostage Negotiation Team. It began at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday and ended at about 4:30 a.m. on Monday. No one was injured in the incident.

Police said that the incident began Sunday with police responding to several 911 calls reporting "extremely loud fireworks" being fired on Bay Front Drive. During the investigation that followed, Erickson "began yelling at the officers" from inside his home, according to a police news release.

At some point, the release said, Erickson left his house and "in a fit of rage" began "screaming at officers in an incoherent manner." Police said Erickson "then ran back inside the home, refusing to exit and threatening to shoot the officers."

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Police said Erickson then barricaded himself inside the house for six hours before surrendering.

Before Erickson was taken into custody, detectives obtained a search warrant for his home and a detached garage, finding several weapons, ammunition and a large amount of fireworks in a vacant lot next to his house.

With Gary Dymski

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