Authorities: Riverhead Man Arrested for Murder after Shooting Wife

Robert Brown, 65, allegedly shot and killed his wife Sarah, 71, then barricaded himself in his home when police arrived, officials say.

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Suffolk County Police arrested a man after he fatally shot his wife at their home in Riverhead.
Riverhead Town Police responded to a residence on Doris Avenue after receiving reports of a man carrying a handgun. Suffolk County Police Hostage Negotiation Team and Emergency Service Section officers responded to the house where Robert Brown had barricaded himself. After a nearly four-hour standoff with police, officers knocked down the front door of the house and Brown was taken into custody.
Inside the house, officers found Brown’s wife, Sarah Brown, 71, dead from a gunshot wound. 
Brown, 65, of Riverhead was taken to Suffolk County Police Headquarters in Yaphank where he was charged with Murder 2nd Degree. He was held overnight at Riverhead Town Police Headquarters and was arraigned at the Town of Riverhead Justice Court.
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