The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office has concluded the initial investigation of the events that transpired on Hornbook Road in Danby, New York from December 30th to January 2nd, where barricaded subject, David Cady, age 36, fired at police during their attempt to serve a Felony DWI arrest warrant.
Cady was found deceased inside of the residence January 2nd at approximately 8:00 AM. A preliminary autopsy was performed at Lourdes hospital on January 3rd and determined that Cady's cause of death was from a single, self-inflicted, gunshot wound.
From the investigation, the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office learned that Cady possessed multiple firearms, ammunition and had been traveling to Pennsylvania to purchase ammunition in preparation for a possible stand-off with police. Cady also reportedly told outside sources that he was not willing to go back to jail.
As the stand-off progressed, law enforcement officers took shifts in order to keep the situation safe and secure for the community. The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office contacted several agencies in surrounding counties and states to obtain additional manpower, equipment and expertise in the hope of bringing about a resolution and peaceful outcome. Assistance was also provided by the Tompkins County District Attorney's Office at the scene.
Eventually, law enforcement knew and anticipated needing to enter the residence, in order to take the subject into custody. Based upon the information being developed through interviews and practices used by other agencies in the past, it became necessary to breech part of the outside area of the house to ensure the safety of all involved.
Sheriff Lansing reports that constant efforts were made throughout the ordeal to communicate with Cady through the use of a land-line, cell phone, and other law enforcement equipment. Cady was observed, on several occasions, moving throughout the house carrying a long gun. The last time he was observed was late Thursday. All attempts to communicate with Cady were unsuccessful.
After the discovery of Cady's body on January 2nd, law enforcement located multiple long guns strategically placed throughout the residence.
Sheriff Lansing reports that efforts to raise funds for David Cady's family are being taken on by the Danby Federated Church. Any donations that the community members would like to make should be made out to Danby Federated Church 1859 Danby Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850.