Standoff in North Tonawanda Ends Peacefully

5:56 PM, Sep 14, 2011   |    comments
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NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. - A nearly eight hour long standoff ended peacefully just after midnight Wednesday morning.

North Tonawanda Police took 33-year-old Martin Hall into custody.  He was charged with menacing a police officer and obstructing governmental administration. 

The incident started around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when officers responded to a call of an unwanted person at a Tremont Street residence.

Hall was inside the home with a rifle pointed at himself.  Police say he didn't make any threats or demands but refused to put the gun down.  Police say Hall's girlfriend and children were upstairs at the time but were safely escorted out of the house.

SWAT team members were called in and surrounded the home while two other officers went inside.  They talked Hall from a hallway while he was inside of a bedroom. 

Around 11 p.m. officers fired two distraction devices so they could get inside the room.  For the next hour, the officers talked to the suspect who was still holding the gun. He finally surrendered without incident.

Police say they were familiar with the Tremont Street resident from a similar incident from back in May, 2008. In that case, Hall holed up in a garage until he surrendered and was taken to a hospital for a mental health examination.

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