Tonawanda News —
At 12:30 p.m., a SWAT team approached the property with their guns drawn, and a series of stun grenades were detonated, but Hollywood, 60, still had not been located.
Brighton and Sheridan Park firefighters were able to set up a ladder to hose water on the home, and later approached the structure from Fries Road. But by the afternoon, the home had become a pile of ashes.
The school and residential lockdowns were lifted at 1 p.m, but police later delayed the dismissal of Edison Elementary, Franklin Middle and Kenmore East schools. Meanwhile, a SWAT team searched the a nearby Mayville Avenue home for Hollywood. The team left the home empty handed, and at 4 p.m., the students were allowed to leave.
Not long after, Hollywood was found dead in the basement, where, according to neighbors, he kept an arsenal of weapons.
Town residents who watched the incident take place from the corner of Eggert and Fries described Hollywood as mentally unstable.
"He was crazy, he was a menace to the neighborhood," one neighbor, who did not wish to be identified, said. "It's too bad it had to come to this."
Hollywood has had at least 18 run-ins with police since 2003, including charges of harassment and disorderly conduct. He was also known for dressing up as Santa Claus for public events, including Bills games.