A Town of Concord man accused of firing at authorities during a more than 12-hour standoff that started Sunday night at his home is being held without bail in the Erie County Holding Center.
Matthew W. Eck, 48, of Brown Hill Road, was arraigned Tuesday by Concord Town Justice Timothy P. Frank on two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
While no charges have been filed against Eck under the state’s SAFE Act, the investigation is continuing, according to Capt. Gregory J. Savage of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.
Eck has been in the Holding Center since Monday night after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at Erie County Medical Center following his peaceful surrender to authorities shortly before 9:30 a.m. Monday.
During the standoff, sheriff’s officials say, the suspect fired dozens of shots from a high-powered rifle, shooting at deputies and damaging at least three police vehicles. Deputies later found more than 60 shell casings at the scene.
SWAT teams from the Sheriff’s Office and the State Police, along with FBI negotiators, also responded to the scene after deputies received a call from the suspect’s wife, who had fled next door with their children. She said he was out of control and acting in a threatening way. She also said there were guns in the home.
Officials said the standoff started as a domestic incident that apparently was fueled by alcohol and possibly some medication.