TOWN OF LOCKPORT, NY (WKBW) - A standoff in Niagara County came to a tragic ending Wednesday afternoon.
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call just after 9:30 a.m Wednesday, after a passing motorist noticed a women in the road along Campbell Boulevard near Route 31 in the Town of Lockport.
The woman, identified as 40-year-old LeAnne Tucker, was rushed to ECMC with a gunshot wound to her face. Police then rushed to the home where the woman was found outside of, since there were reports that her husband & the suspected gunman, 44-year-old Morris Tucker could be barricaded inside the home with the couple's 3-year-old daughter.
"We got a call from a passing motorist that there was a lady injured in the street along Campbell Boulevard and they stopped," said Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour. "We found out she had been shot in the face."
A tight police perimeter was established around the residence and spikes were placed along the road. A helicopter also provided air surveillance of the area. Swat Teams from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office and the State Police surrounded the house close to 1 p.m. and used a robotic machine to survey the inside of the home, before gaining entry into the residence. Lockport Police also provided assistance during the standoff.
"The SWAT guys called for the child and told her to come to the window," said Voutour. "She eventually did and they waived her out into our SWAT vehicle."
The toddler was unharmed and safely removed from the scene. Police are unsure how long the child was inside the home with her father, who was found dead in the living room with a rifle next to him. Police believed he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
"We don't believe it just occurred. Our intelligence from the beginning was there was a second gunshot after the lady was shot right at the beginning. So the child certainly was in the house for a number of hours with the father but we're not sure what time anything else took place."
LeAnne Tucker remains at ECMC Wednesday night in critical condition, her daughter is in the care of relatives. Police say Morris Tucker was known to police and was charged with murder back in 1998. He later pled guilty to attempted assault to the shooting death of a lockport woman.