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West Seneca police arrest knife wielding suspect

Posted at 11:05 AM, Mar 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 13:10:27-04

West Seneca Police came within a hair of tasing a knife wielding suspect.

Police tell us it all started when they received reports of Dwight Mitchell knocking on a victim’s door and threatening the occupants of an apartment.

As the officers arrived in the parking lot of the apartment, the victim yelled out the window to patrols that Mitchell had a knife and was running down the stairs to his apartment.

As officers approached Mitchell's door, they knocked and announced that they were the police.

Mitchell opened the door with a large butcher's knife in his hand.

Officers held Mitchell at gunpoint while ordering him to drop the knife. Mitchell initially refused, and officers continued giving him verbal commands to drop the knife. One officer then drew his Taser and pointed it at Mitchell.  He finally put the knife down after a short stand-off and was handcuffed by officers.

Mitchell was charged with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing a police officer.