GALLATIN — A Hudson woman is being held in the Columbia County Jail on attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting at state troopers Monday in Gallatin, state police Troop K Public Information Officer Aaron Hicks said Tuesday.

Madison A. Kreutzer, 34, was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, a class A-I felony, following an armed standoff with police, Hicks said.

The standoff lasted several hours, before Kreutzer was taken into custody without further incident, Hicks said.

State police gave no motive for the incident.

Kreutzer was taken to the Livingston State Police barracks, where she was formally charged by state police at about 7 p.m., nearly seven hours after the first call.

Kreutzer was arraigned Monday evening in Claverack Town Court before Justice Michael Cozzolino and was sent to jail without bail, Hicks said.

Kreutzer is scheduled to reappear in Claverack Town Court on Friday at 6 p.m. She is being represented by the Columbia County Public Defender’s Office.

Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka, who is prosecuting the case, declined to comment Tuesday.

State police responded to a home at 438 Doodletown Road at about 12:08 p.m. Monday to check on a report of a suspicious person in the area, Hicks said.

When police arrived, Kreutzer allegedly shot at them, Hicks said. Kreutzer then barricaded herself in the home.

Dozens of police officers converged on the area as the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia-Greene Shared Services Response Team, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and state Environmental Conservation Police surrounded the property, Hicks said.

Police closed Doodletown Road while the incident was taking place, Hicks said. Police drones and K-9 units were also brought in.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, Hicks said.

Doodletown Road was reopened to traffic at about 4:45 p.m. The investigation is continuing.

Police did not disclose why Kreutzer was in Gallatin at that address.

Community Rescue Squad positioned ambulances and paramedics nearby throughout the afternoon. Kreutzer owns and operates Earth Artistry, a local gardening and landscaping business, at 467 Church Road in Livingston.

She lists herself as an organic gardening landscape artist, according to the company’s website. Earth Artistry opened for business in July 2011.

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