CONCORD, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) Police say 48 year old Mathew Eck of the Town of Concord is responsible for the 14 hour stand-off that took place on Brown Hill Road Sunday night into Monday morning.
Eck has been charged with two counts of attempted murder for opening fire on deputies who responded to the initial domestic call.
Police say, Eck's wife, who fled with her children to the home of a neighbor who happened to be a relative, called 911at 8:59 p.m. Sunday and reported that her husband was "out of control." She also mentioned there were guns inside the home and that she thought she heard gunshots coming from the residence.
Just after 9:30am, Eck surrendered peacefully after police spent hours communicating with him through a cell phone and text messages.
At first, Eck was taken to the Erie County Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.
Police said during a morning press conference that Eck does have a history of incidents, and they believe prescription medication and alcohol may have fueled his outburst.
When police arrived on the scene, they removed a female occupant and several children from the scene when the suspect opened fire - hitting two Erie County Sheriff's vehicles.
Veteran deputies Bradford Ballantyne and Jonathan Hanna were able to retreat to safety, but one of the deputies is being treated for possible glass fragments in his eye after a bullet struck his windshield.
A third SWAT vehicle was hit by a bullet later on.
SWAT teams from several agencies, including the New York State Police and the FBI, helped during the stand-off that took place in near zero degree temperatures.
Investigators found 60 bullet casings at the suspects home - 25 are believed to have been fired at police.
Eck is being held at the Erie County Holding Center with no bail and is awaiting an arraignment at Concord Town Court.