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University District Standoff Ends Without Incident

VIDEO: See standoff come to an end as SWAT moves in

August 14, 2018 - 8:43 am
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - For the second time in less than 24-hours, the Buffalo Police SWAT Team was called to duty to deal with an individual barricaded inside a residence.

Early Tuesday, Buffalo Police responded to a call that a lone man was barricade inside a home on Treehaven at Bame in the city's University District. SWAT Team members fired several rounds of so-called "flash-bang" tear gas into the house. While negotiators worked to communicate with the person inside.

After around four hours, police were able to enter the home and pull out the subject, who police said had been "tearing things up" inside the home and was armed with knives.

It comes after another standoff late Monday afternoon, where Buffalo Police SWAT was handling a similar situation on Seneca Street at Mighigan. That incident ended with no injuries and no weapon was recovered from the scene.

"It's a big drain emotionally and physically on our resources, but that's why we train," said Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo. "That's why we have enough officers assigned to SWAT so that in instances like this we can have people we can rotate in to those positions."

Some immediate neighbors were evacuated and traffic on Treehaven was blocked between Bame and Huntley for a period of time.

VIDEO:  Watch the standoff come to an end as SWAT goes in for the suspect.

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