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December 5, 2012

Pendleton man holes up with toddler after shooting woman in face

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Tonawanda News — When asked about her father by rescue workers, the girl reportedly said, "My daddy has a boo boo."

The child was evaluated by a trauma doctor and found to be unharmed. She was turned over to family members on scene.

The sheriff's department used a robot to look inside the house and saw Tucker slumped over the couch. At 1:12 p.m. a tactical team entered the residence and found the man dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A 99 mm semi-automatic assault rifle was located near Tucker's body.

In 1998, Tucker was convicted of a homicide in the death of a Lockport woman, Jennifer Behm. He served his complete term in prison.

New York State Police, Lockport Police, Border Patrol, Town of Niagara Police, Town of Lewiston Police assisted at the scene. Police set up a perimeter around the home and several neighboring homes were evacuated while police negotiators attempted to make contact with the suspect.

The police had helicopters in the air from Border Patrol securing the perimeter and attempting to make contact with the Tucker.

Campbell Boulevard was blocked by spike strips in order to keep the suspect from fleeing. "It's standard procedure," Voutour said. "There were two cars and last thing we wanted was for him to go mobile."

During a press briefing prior to entering the house, Voutour described Tucker as a white male, 5-foot-7, in his mid 40s, heavy set and heavily tattooed.

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