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Wheatfield man involved in standoff faces new felony charge

LOCKPORT -- The man involved in the standoff in Wheatfield on Monday faces another charge, a felony count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour said Tuesday.

James E. Walcott, 46, who surrendered to sheriff deputies and state troopers after an hour-long standoff at his home at 2950 Niagara Falls Boulevard, will be arraigned on the charge in Wheatfield Town Court on Tuesday night, according to the sheriff.

After Walcott surrendered himself and his AK-47 assault rifle to the sheriff's Emergency Response Team, he was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree menacing, according to authorities.

He was held overnight in lieu of $2,500 cash bail set Monday in Wheatfield Court.

Walcott fired two rounds in his house with the AK-47, according to the sheriff.

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