On Monday, September 25, 2017, Mayor Dennis Leahy and the Village of Maybrook Board of Trustees honored Chief Arnold “Butch” Amthor, the Town of Montgomery and Village of Maybrook Police Officers involved in a domestic altercation on May 16, 2017.

On May 16, 2017, at approximately 3:15 AM the Town of Montgomery Police Department received a walk-in complaint regarding a domestic altercation at 812 Abbey Avenue, in the Village of Maybrook. At approximately 8:35 AM, Town of Montgomery police along with Village of Maybrook Police responded to 812 Abbey Avenue, and attempted to contact and effect the arrest of the suspect.  He refused to exit his apartment after he was advised of his impending arrest. Officers had prior information that the suspect had made suicidal comments earlier that day. Police continually tried to engage him in conversation and coax him out of the apartment. Communication between the suspect and the police ceased after about 40 minutes as he left the area near the apartment door and went deeper into the apartment. Fearing that the suspect intended to commit suicide due to his impending arrest and comments, officers breached the apartment door and entered the apartment. At the time they entered the apartment, police were aware that he had a prior criminal history. Once inside the apartment, officers encountered the suspect hiding in a bathroom area at the end of a hallway. After he refused to exit the bathroom, or show officers his hands, he abruptly produced a semi-automatic pistol and fired one round toward three police officers in the hallway. The round struck Police Chief Arnold Amthor in the upper left shoulder. A Town of Montgomery officer returned fire multiple times as the Chief was removed from the area by other police officers. After the exchange of gunfire, approximately ten seconds elapsed, and then a single muffled shot could be heard coming from the bathroom area. Officers then vacated the apartment and established a containment perimeter around the house. The entire incident, from the time officers entered the apartment, until they left, was captured by a body camera worn by the officer who returned fire. Multiple agencies responded to assist and upon entry into the premise several hours later, the suspect was found deceased due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Mayor Dennis Leahy and the Village of Maybrook Board of Trustees formally recognized the following members of the Town of Montgomery Police Department and the Village of Maybrook Police Department and bestow upon them awards of recognition for their heroic actions on that day.

 

Sergeant Michael Maresca, Village of Maybrook Police Department

  • Life Saving Award

 maresca

Police Officer Kevin Greany, Village of Maybrook Police Department

  • Life Saving Award
  • Combat Cross

 Greany

Lieutenant Alex Landolina III, Town of Montgomery Police Department

  • Life Saving Award
  • Combat Cross

 Landolina

Police Officer John Hank, Town of Montgomery Police Department

  • Life Saving Award
  • Combat Cross
  • Medal of Honor

Hank

Chief Arnold “Butch” Amthor of the Town of Montgomery and the Village of Maybrook Police Department  was awarded the Combat Cross and Purple Heart from the Village of Maybrook. Chief Amthor was unable to attend the Award Ceremony as he is still recovering from the incident. Chief Amthor’s mother Alice and his wife Lisa accepted the awards on his behalf. Mayor Dennis Leahy and the Village of Maybrook Board of Trustees wished Chief Amthor a speedy recovery and hope to see him back to his duties as Chief in the Town of Montgomery and the Village of Maybrook soon.

Amthor

Mayor Dennis Leahy conveyed his deepest appreciation to the dedicated officers from both departments who were involved in this life-threatening incident. Last but not least, he publicly acknowledge and thanked all of the agencies that responded, including but not limited to the New York State Police, Orange County Sheriff Carl Dubois, Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus and Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler.