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December 5, 2012

Pendleton man holes up with toddler after shooting woman in face

Tonawanda News — TOWN OF LOCKPORT — A man who served time for a 1998 homicide in Lockport shot his wife in the face Wednesday morning and shut himself inside his Campbell Boulevard with his 3-year-old child before taking his own life.

Morris Tucker, 44, was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a police standoff. The toddler, who was inside the house with Tucker, was not injured and was put in the care ofrelatives.

LeAnne Tucker, the child's 40-year-old mother, was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of what the sheriff's department described as a gunshot wound to her face. She was listed in intensive care at ECMC Wednesday night.

According to Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour, LeAnne Tucker fled the house after being shot. She flagged down two vehicles while holding her face. The drivers of an armored truck and second car called 911 just before 9:30 a.m.

Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene a short time later, placing the female victim into a patrol car and she was taken away from the home, which is about 200 yards from Saunders Settlement Road. 

The deputies learned her husband was armed and he was still inside the house with the 3-year old girl.

Members of the Sheriff's Emergency Response Team the State Police Special Operations Response Team surrounded the house, attempting to make contact with Morris. They set up command headquarters at a restaurant at the corner of Saunders and Campbell.

After more than two hours without hearing from Tucker despite repeated attempts, a loud speaker was used to try to make contact with the toddler. After about five minutes of calling her name, the girl came to the door and fled the residence at 12:25 p.m. She was taken to an armored vehicle and then to and ambulance by sheriff's deputies.

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