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October 23, 2013

SWAT team called to city home

Tonawanda News — A SWAT team reported to a City of Tonawanda home early Sunday after receiving a report of an armed man who threatened to commit suicide, Lt. Fredric Foels said. 

A woman from Akron called police at 2 a.m. Sunday and told a dispatcher that a depressed male living in a home on Riverview Avenue had a loaded gun and was considering killing himself.

“The decision was made to call the TNT SWAT team,” Foels said. “The SWAT team, and the man’s daughter, who spoke to him on a cell phone, coaxed him to come out unarmed.”

The man, who had been drinking, was sent to Erie County Medical Center for a mental health evaluation. Officers then retrieved a loaded double barrel shotgun from where the man had been sitting inside the home.

Police, who were on the scene for two hours, also secured five other weapons. 

“It was a credible threat, and all precautions were taken to make sure that no one was hurt,” Foels said. “We were happy it turned out the way it did.” 

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