ORLEANS COUNTY, N.Y. - One man is dead following a shootout with police in the Orleans County town of Clarendon early Saturday morning.
The incident began around 2:45 a.m. when an Orleans County Sheriff's Deputy and a New York State Trooper responded to a disturbance call involving a man with a gun at a home in the Town of Shelby.
When officers arrived, they got a description of the suspect and the vehicle he left in.
The suspect, later identified as James J. Ellis, of Wyoming, was traveling eastbound on Route 31A in the Town of Albion at a high rate of speed. The officers initially lost sight of the vehicle but eventually located Ellis on Route 31A in the Town of Clarendon.
Ellis had crashed into a telephone pole, exited the vehicle and began firing at the officers with a .45 caliber handgun.