March 11, 2012- Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard reports the peaceful ending to an armed stand-off in the Town of Concord.
Erie County Sheriffs deputies responded to Genesee Road in the Town of Concord to investigate a phone call from a 19 year old male stating that he had a gun and was going to shoot himself. While deputies were en-route, the subject set his car on fire in the driveway of his residence.
Upon arrival to the residence, deputies confronted the subject in the backyard, who was armed with a shotgun at this time. The subject was distraught and intoxicated and subsequently fired a couple of rounds of ammunition into the air. The subject backed off into the woods and eventually onto an ice covered pond, continuing the threats to harm himself and pointing the shotgun at deputies.
The Sheriff's SWAT team and Crisis Negotiators responded to the scene for assistance.
After almost three hours of negotiating, the stand off ended peacefully with the subject being disarmed and taken into custody without incident or injury. The subject was transported to ECMC for an initial medical evaluation, and after being cleared medically, was turned over to the ECMC CPEP unit for a mental evaluation. The subject was issued an appearance ticket at the hospital for Reckless Endangerment, returnable to the Town of Concord Court at a later date. The incident is still under investigation.