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Cheektowaga man held without bail after standoff

A 36-year-old Cheektowaga man is being held without bail on multiple charges related to a domestic assault and subsequent six-hour standoff with police.

Shawn Bottomley surrendered at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, after police dispensed tear gas into the house on Mapleview Road, across from Cleveland Hill Middle School.

Following arraignment this morning on charges of menacing, resisting arrest, criminal obstruction of breathing, harassment and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, acting Town Justice Timothy Dwan ordered Bottomley held without bail.

Officers were dispatched to the neighborhood at about 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, after Bottomley allegedly choked his wife. She fled with their 2-year-old daughter to a neighbor’s house and called police.

When Officer William Mecca and Sgt. John Wanat tried to enter the house to arrest Bottomley, he confronted them with a handgun, police said. The officers took cover and the department’s Special Weapons and Tactics team was summoned.

Following Bottomley’s surrender, officers recovered a silver pellet handgun and a cane sword from the house, according to police.