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SWAT team standoff ends on East Side

A standoff with Buffalo police lasting more than two hours on the East Side Wednesday night ended when the man involved in the incident tumbled out the front door of a house on Thomas Street with his hands up and shirt off.

A SWAT team responded to a call that a man was threatening people at 26 Thomas St. at around 9:45 p.m.

Buffalo police shut down the intersections of Thomas and Metcalfe streets and Metcalfe and Fleming streets during the incident.

The man had reportedly threatened to blow up oxygen or propane tanks in the house.

A crowd of neighbors gathered to watch as the incident took place.

Police trained spotlights on a second-story window of the two-unit apartment facing the street. SWAT officers were posted outside the building, and others waited at the intersection of Thomas and Metcalfe.

Throughout the standoff, officers ferried in cases of water to the SWAT team down the street.

The man involved in the incident surrendered near 11:45 p.m. He was led by authorities to a police vehicle.

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