A two-hour standoff ended peacefully early this morning in the Town of Tonawanda when police negotiators convinced a man to leave his home and surrender to police. The man had told his wife he wanted to die at police officers’ hands.
The incident began at 10:17 p.m. Sunday, when town police received a 911 call from the man’s wife, who told a dispatcher that her husband appeared depressed and wanted police to come and kill him, said police Lt. Nicholas Bado.
The wife, who called 911 from another location, said her husband had access to his long guns and her handguns in their home on Clark Street, between Delaware Road and Colvin Boulevard.
A police patrol responded, followed by a pair of negotiators. When they could not make contact with the man, the department dispatched a SWAT team. Eventually, the negotiators began talking to the man. By 12:37 a.m. they persuaded him to come out of his home.
The man was taken to Erie County Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.
He will not be charged, Bado said.
Police took at least two long guns from the home for safekeeping, and his wife voluntarily handed over her handguns.