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Police arrest knife-wielding man after tense standoff

Posted at 10:04 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 22:06:11-04

Police in West Seneca arrested a knife-wielding man following a tense standoff where they held the man at gunpoint.

Officers were called to a Harlem Road apartment complex Friday night for a report of a drunk man knocking on someone's door and threatening those inside.

They approached the door of the suspect, 47-year-old Dwight Mitchell, and announced their presence. They said Mitchell then opened the door, clutching a large butcher's knife while in an aggressive fighting stance.

Officers drew guns and a Taser on Mitchell while ordering him to drop the knife. After initially refusing, Mitchell put the knife down and was arrested.

Mitchell was arraigned on charges of menacing, menacing a police officer, and criminal possession of a weapon. He was transported to the Erie County Holding Center and is due back in court at a later date.