LEWISTON – A 35-year-old man was taken into custody after the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call that he was threatening to cut his wrists on James Drive in the Town of Lewiston at about 1 p.m. today.
Officers learned that the man – whose identity has not been released – was carrying a can of gasoline and a flare gun. He was threatening to blow up the house he was in if anyone tried to come inside.
Nearby residents were evacuated while a “shelter in place” warning was issued. The Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team was activated, as was the Crisis Negotiation Team.
It took about two hours of negotiating before the man came out of the house without incident. He was taken by police to Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital for an evaluation.