WHEATFIELD - A 46-year-old man described by police as highly intoxicated and despondent following a domestic incident held officers at bay for about an hour Monday afternoon in the 2900 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard before he was arrested without incident.
The man's wife told authorities he had a AK-47 and shot through a wall. She was able to grab some personal items and escape to safety to the parking lot of a nearby 7-Eleven at the corner of Falls Boulevard and Ward Road and call for help.
"We were told that he threatened to kill any law enforcement officers who came to the residence," said Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour. He said the Niagara County Sheriff Department and New York State police emergency response teams set up a perimeter. North Tonawanda Police and Niagara County sheriff deputies with rifles and vests also assisted, holding the scene until emergency response teams arrived.
Voutour said that just after 1:30 p.m. the man walked out of his back door - unarmed, apparently unaware of the commotion he had created.
"He was highly intoxicated and was taken into custody without incident," said Voutour. "He actually came out and asked what was going on."
The victim will face charges, which will likely include reckless endangerment, said Voutour. He said there has been a previous domestic call and arrest that home and they will be investigating whether the suspect is allowed to possess a firearm.
Voutour said the suspect's wife had "absolutely been in danger" before she was able to retreat from the house. He said she was in the house when a couple of rounds went off. He said no other people were in the house.
The suspect has not been identified at this time because it is a domestic incident, said Voutour.
"This is exactly what we like," said Voutour of the quick resolution. "We like it to end peacefully like it did."