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Standoff with armed man in North Buffalo ends peacefully

Posted at 5:36 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 00:44:43-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW)  — A four-hour standoff between Buffalo police and an armed man who barricaded himself inside his home ended peacefully Tuesday night in North Buffalo.

"Unfortunately found himself in a crisis, it's something that our officers are trained to deal with," said Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo.

At around 4pm Tuesday, police were called for a welfare check on a suicidal individual on Covington Road, near Hertel Avenue and Starin Avenue.

When officers arrived, Rinaldo said the person in question was unwilling to communicate with them. That prompted a call to involve SWAT and Crisis Management, and police shut down surrounding roads during the evening rush hour.

"After a few hours of speaking to him on the phone, we were able to successfully negotiate his surrender without incident," said Rinaldo.

The man inside the home had a shotgun, according to Rinaldo. He is now in police custody being evaluated at ECMC.

7 Eyewitness News viewer Kelly sent us these pictures showing the response on Starin Avenue.

If you, or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, help is available. Click here for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.