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3-hour standoff with Buffalo Police ends without incident

A three-hour standoff with Buffalo Police Thursday involving a man who claimed to be armed inside a home on Michigan Avenue ended peacefully, authorities said.

Buffalo Police were summoned to the house at about 3:30 p.m. to assist Crisis Services in conducting a mental health evaluation on the man, according to Lt. Jeff Rinaldo late Thursday.

"When officers arrived, they were met with a highly agitated man who made some threats," Rinaldo said.

The man reportedly claimed to have a shotgun and threatened to shoot officers if they attempted to enter the residence, Rinaldo said.

After leaving the home, in the 1200 block, the officers requested assistance from the department's crisis management and SWAT teams.

As neighbors looked on from behind yellow police tape, police officers, from inside an armored vehicle, occasionally spoke to the man using a bullhorn as they attempted to coax him to come to the front door and leave the house.

Rinaldo said some family members of the man were on the scene to help members of the crisis management and SWAT teams in persuading the man to leave the house.

Shortly after 7 p.m., the man was persuaded to leave the home and turn himself over to police without incident.

Rinaldo said the man was taken to Erie County Medical Center for evaluation.

No weapons were found in the house and no charges had been filed in the incident, Rinaldo said.

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