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Niagara Falls Falls police track down armed man who threatened ‘suicide by police’

NIAGARA FALLS – A man armed with a shotgun who said he wanted to commit “suicide by police” surrendered without incident Friday night and was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

Niagara Falls Police Lt. John Conti said that about 5:20 p.m., police responded to the report of a man overdosing in a home in the 700 block of 15th Street. When police arrived there, they learned the man had left the house with a loaded shotgun, saying he wished to be killed by police, authorities said

As a result, the department activated its Emergency Response Team and the Niagara County Sheriff’s canine unit in a fast-moving hunt for the man, police said.

The unidentified man, who was contacted by cellphone and text messages, was found unarmed at 24th Street and Forest Avenue about 7 p.m., said Conti, who added that the loaded shotgun, which had been discarded elsewhere, was later recovered.