Man Uses Hammer In Standoff With Police

September 29, 2011 Updated Sep 29, 2011 at 8:08 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

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September 29, 2011 Updated Sep 29, 2011 at 8:08 AM EDT


Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WKBW) - It was a peaceful ending to a situation that could have been deadly. Niagara Falls Police were called to a home on Meadowbrook Road near Lafayette Avenue for a 48-year-old man who barricaded himself in a home, Wednesday.

Authorities said the man was in the bedroom of a home armed with what they thought was a handgun. After further investigation, they found that the weapon was not a gun, but a claw hammer wrapped in a towel.

Emergency crews negotiated with the man for more than five hours before he surrendered around 10:30 p.m. No one was hurt in the incident but the commotion last night did have neighbors concerned.

"Everyone is just kind of shock that this would happen here but other than that we're just waiting around to see what happens," resident James Gatto said.

According to neighbors, the man lives in he home with his wife. They said there had not been any problems in the past.

The man was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for evaluation. His name is not being release and police are not pressing charges.