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Standoff with armed man in North Buffalo ends peacefully

Posted: 5:36 PM, Oct 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-23 00:44:43-04
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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.

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