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Two deputies subdue armed man in tussle outside Rath Office Building

A Linwood Avenue man who had been armed with a loaded revolver faces a felony weapons charge after fighting with Erie County sheriff's deputies Tuesday outside the Rath County Office Building, Sheriff Timothy Howard said.

The disturbance began at about 1:30 p.m., when a security officer at the Rath Building overheard Philip Kincannon, 26, and another man who has not been identified deliver threats while talking into a cell phone outside the building on Pearl Street, deputies said.

Kincannon, according to reports, was vowing to "take care of the snitch" and said, "I am on my way to show who is the boss," according to the sheriff's report.

However, Kincannon's motive and the target of his threats were unclear, deputies said.

Deputy Joseph Belden confronted the unidentified man walking into the Rath Building. Meanwhile, Deputy Nate Gonzalez arrested Kincannon.

Kincannon, police said, attempted to flee after both men were told to stand against a wall for a search. While struggling with Kincannon, Gonzalez noticed the handgun tucked in a back pocket of Kincannon's pants and was able to remove it and toss it aside, deputies said.

Kincannon continued to struggle with Gonzalez and Belden, deputies said.

Kincannon was charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

He was taken into custody pending arraignment.

The unnamed man was not charged and was released from custody.

Deputies said they do not believe Kincannon was targeting anyone in the Rath Building.


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