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June 14, 2013

Falls police free two hostages from armed stand-off.


Niagara Gazette — Officers said the suspect reached for his rifle, but then dropped it and ran. The entry team, made up of Officers Tom Rogers, Paul Warmington, Shaun Bielec and Fleck was able to subdue the suspect and take him into custody. 

Inside the house, officers found the man was armed with a sem-automatic AR-15 assault rifle, loaded with a 30 round magazine. 

Officers charged Joseph Emilio Casero II, 24, 3207 North Ave., with first-degree criminal contempt, second-degree menacing, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child.

LeGault said the fast action of the patrol officers helped defuse a very dangerous situation.

"A lot of times, the patrol officers, they just go about doing their thing quietly and no one says what a great job they do," LeGault said. "This time, we're saying that was a great job."

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