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Man taken to medical center after standoff; Resident to undergo mental evaluation

A 48-year-old city man was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center late Wednesday after keeping police at bay for more than four hours.

The man was taken for a mental health evaluation after a city police SWAT team stormed his Meadowbrook Drive home shortly before 10 p.m.

"At this point, we don't anticipate criminal charges," Police Superintendent John Chella said.

Chella had predicted a peaceful resolution to the situation hours earlier. He said officers found the man, who was not identified because of the nature of the incident, holed up in one of the bedrooms of the house, near the Lafayette Avenue intersection.

The man was taken into custody without incident, Chella said.

The standoff began at about 5:30 p.m., when members of the man's family called police for help.

Family members told police the man had access to a World War II-vintage handgun.

There was no indication the gun was operable, Chella said, and no shots were fired.

Medical crews and firefighters also responded to the scene.

The incident followed an eight-hour standoff Sept. 14 on Tremont Street in North Tonawanda that also ended peacefully, when an armed man surrendered to police after the North Tonawanda and City of Tonawanda SWAT Team stormed a city apartment house.

In that case, Martin K. Hall, 33, was charged with menacing a police officer and obstructing governmental administration.

In that case, officers responded to a call of an unwanted person at the apartment and found items damaged and in disarray.