Standoff Leads to Arrest in North Tonawanda

March 12, 2012 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 6:37 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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March 12, 2012 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 6:37 AM EDT

North Tonawanda, N.Y. (WKBW) - It all started around 6a.m. Monday morning.

North Tonawanda Police were called to Oliver and Wheatfield Street for a man in his sixties, threatening his neighbors with a gun.

"He threatened his neighbor, apparently tapping on his window with a long gun. The neighbor was able to get away, but then the man went back into his apartment," North Tonawanda Police Chief Randy Zsukala said

That is when the more than three hour standoff began. Authorities tried to get in contact with the man but he would not come out or respond. Then, the S.W.A.T. Team was called in with a hostage negotiator who also was unable to communicate with the suspect.

"After about three hours of this we made entry into the house and saw numerous rifles, handguns and saw him passed out on the bed. We were able to take him into custody with out any problems," Zsukala said.

Before this ended without incident, police were taking major precautions because they knew the suspect was heavily armed.

"We did evacuate neighbors who were going to be in possible shooting distance," Zsukala said.

Authorities said the man, who is not being identified at this time, could face charges of weapons possession and menacing. They said the extent of his charges would depend on if they could get witnesses to cooperate. Officials also said the after he is charged, the man may undergo a mental evaluation.

At this point, police say the man in custody does not have a criminal history but they continue to investigate the situation.