Weekly Feature

2010-08-26 / Front Page

Dirkson Avenue incident ends peacefully


Police took a Dirkson Avenue man into custody early Monday morning following his alleged posting of a message on Facebook that implied he was going

harm himself.

According to police, the situation became known when a friend of the man, whose name

not being released, called the department around 6 a.m. regarding an alarming message he said the man had posted online.

When patrol arrived at the residence, the 41-year-old man came to the front door allegedly bearing a rifle. Officers ordered him to drop the weapon, but, according to police, he retreated into the residence and locked the doors.

“He didn’t threaten the officers, just held it [the rifle] in view,” said Assistant Chief Daniel Denz.

After about 40 minutes of negotiations via telephone, police were able to get the subject out of the residence without the rifle, he said.

“We had about eight or 10 guys down there,” Denz said, noting that all West Seneca police officers go through basic hostage negotiations training.

Some of those officers also have advanced training in the area, he said, which includes similar situations where subjects have barricaded themselves.

The man was taken into custody without incident and transported to Erie County Medical Center.

Denz said he has no knowledge of pre-existing problems with the man and that the individual was alone at the time of the incident. No charges were filed.

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