UPDATE: Deputies end search for Mottville man

What began as a domestic dispute turned into a search for an armed man that lasted more than four hours Friday evening.

At approximately 4:20 p.m., Onondaga County Sheriff's deputies were called to 4086 Jordan Road, to investigate a domestic dispute involving Mark Sobotka, 52, and his wife.

Sobotka who was said to be intoxicated, was in possession of a shotgun and threatened to harm himself while preventing his wife from leaving the couples bedroom, police said.

Sobotka's wife was able to calm him down long enough to leave the room and call for police.

Still armed with a rifle, Sobotka put on green military style fatigues and ran into the heavily wooded area behind the couple's house before sheriff's deputies could arrive.

Sheriff's deputies, along with assistance from the New York State Police, quickly established a perimeter that spanned more than 500 acres, including a large area of heavily wooded terrain.

Deputies blocked off portions of Old Seneca Turnpike and Jordan Road during the search, which was still ongoing shortly after 7 p.m. Friday. Police stood guard with shotguns while both the Sheriff's Air-1 and New York State Police helicopters were called to search the area in attempt the locate Sobotka.

Residents living within a mile and a half radius of the search received a reverse 911 message from the Onondaga County 911 Center to stay in their homes during the search.

According to Mottville Fire Chief Tim Baker, the fire department was asked to assist in blocking off roads, but would not comment further as the incident was being handled by the sheriff's department.

Deputies conducted a complete search of Sobotka's home and called off the search just after 9 p.m.

According to the sheriff's department, deputies were filing for an arrest warrant that included charges of second-degree harassment, fourth-degree criminal mischief and unlawful imprisonment.

Sobotka's wife was not injured during the incident.

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