15 September 2022

Major Kathryne M. Rohde
Troop K Commander

Cortlandt, New York – On September 14, 2022, at about 12:20 p.m., the New York State Police responded to a residence on Quaker Bridge Road in the town of Cortlandt for a barricaded subject armed with a gun.

The State Police, in conjunction with the Westchester County Police Department, established a safe perimeter around the residence and crisis negotiators attempted for nearly 12 hours to convince Christopher Pesavento, age 50, of Croton-On-Hudson, to peacefully surrender.  During the negotiations, Pesavento fired multiple rounds at police officers from inside the residence, striking two Westchester Police Department officers who suffered non-life-threatening wounds. Both officers were treated and released from a local hospital.

Shortly after midnight on September 15, a member of law enforcement was able to determine that Pesavento was deceased.  No members of law enforcement discharged rounds from their weapons, but less than lethal methods were utilized in an attempt to force a peaceful surrender.

Cause of death is pending investigation by the Westchester Medical Examiner’s Office.

The New York State Attorney General’s Office responded to the scene.

This investigation remains ongoing and will be updated as new information becomes available.


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