Niagara Gazette

Crime

June 14, 2013

Falls police free two hostages from armed stand-off.

Niagara Gazette — Falls police patrol officers are being hailed for helping to end a potentially deadly hostage situation before it could "get out of hand."

The trouble started around 3 a.m. Saturday when officers responded to a call of a domestic incident in the 3200 block of North Avenue. They were told that a man was holding his wife and young son hostage "with a shotgun."

Officer Marsha Gee and Lt. Mike Corcoran were first on the scene and found the woman's father outside the home. He told them he'd received a call from his daughter and she said she was locked in a bedroom in the home with her son.

The woman said her husband had been out drinking all night and when he got home, he began to argue with her. The victim said she and her son went to a bedoom, but her husband followed her and told her, "You're lucky you're holding (the little boy)."

The suspect then went to a gun cabinet, took out what the woman believed was a shotgun and warned her, "Don't try to walk past me."

Corcoran attempted to contact the suspect, but he would not respond to cell phone calls. As other patrol officers surrounded the house and drew a bead on it with semi-automatic rifles, the woman placed a call to her father and Corcoran spoke to her.

"(The victim) did appear to have genuine fear in her voice while with (me)," Corcoran wrote in his report on the incident. "(She) stated she was by the window in her bedroom."

At that point, Corcoran and the other officers made a bold decision. Even as officers from the department's Emergency Response Team were preparing to head to the scene, the patrol officers and their commander decided they would attempt to rescue the woman and her son from the home.

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