Amherst Suspect Tells Judge He Was 'Doing Research'

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WILLIAMSVILLE, NY - A Williamsville man is facing numerous charges after police say they found homemade bombs and bomb making material inside his apartment.

Duncan Badding of 66 Williamsburg Square Apartments was taken into custody on state charges including Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third degree and Reckless Endangerment in the First degree.

Amherst Police were called to Badding's apartment around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday after someone heard shots being fired. When police arrived they found Badding had set up a target practice in the front yard and was shooting a .22 caliber rifle. Inside Badding's apartment, officers spotted additional firearms, ammunition and suspected home-made explosives.

View photos from the scene taken Thursday morning.  

Amherst Police say a search warrant was executed around 4:45 a.m. on Thursday. A robot went inside the building to assist officer. Police say it appears an assortment of legal chemicals were found.

Badding appeared before Amherst Town Justice Mark Farrell on Thursday morning wearing a maroon uniform polo and glasses.

With his head down he told the judge he was, "doing this for research," to which Farrell replied, "research that can destroy several city blocks?" The suspect said in court that he studied chemistry in college and said, "I was doing it proper."

Judge Farrell ordered a mental health evaluation and scheduled Badding, who does not have an attorney at this time, to appear back in court next Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

Badding is being held on $500,000 bond.

County and Federal law enforcement agencies were called to the scene Wednesday night, including the F.B.I., Erie County Haz-mat and the A.T.F. Around 11:30 p.m., they deployed a robot into the apartment to help remove the materials.

Another family living in the duplex was evacuated. Residents living next door were told to shut their windows and doors.  

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