Tonawanda News

May 29, 2013

Town standoff ends with man's surrender

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — A Town of Tonawanda man surrendered to police early Monday morning after barricading himself in his house for more than two hours, authorities said. 

Lt. Nick Bado said the man’s wife notified police Sunday night at about 10 p.m. after she noticed that her husband was acting strangely. The woman, who called 911 from a different location, also notified police that her husband had access to his long guns and her shotguns. 

“He was making threats to hurt himself, and said he wanted police to come over and kill him,” Bado said. 

Town police and the SWAT team members set up a perimeter around the Clark Street home.

“A man barricaded with weapons ... (we’re) not going to approach with one patrol officer,” Bado said. 

Negotiators eventually were able to make contact with the man. At about 12:37 a.m. Monday, the man willingly turned himself over to police. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.

“He was not charged ... he was a guy that needed help more than anything,” Bado said. 

Police said the man’s wife turned over her guns willingly to police, and authorities also took the man’s weapons.

Bado said police had not previously encountered the man, whose name was not released. 

“We checked ... and nothing of this nature is familiar,” he said.