Man arrested after standoff in Amherst

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - Amherst Police say they arrested one man, following a domestic call that turned into a standoff Thursday evening. Police were called to 106 Fairgreen Drive at 6:43 p.m.

They say when they arrived, a man inside the home shut the door and refused to come out of the house.

Neighbors tell News 4 they watched as about a dozen police officers surrounded the home with guns drawn.

For more than an hour, they say, officers talked with the man inside, trying to get him to come out.

For a time, two children were unaccounted for. They were later located, unharmed, in the basement of the home.

Neighbors said a man and woman live in the house with several children.

They said the family mostly keeps to themselves, and described the neighborhood as relatively quiet and peaceful.

“My son, he actually came in the house and said there was a cop, and he had to come in,” said Chris Janicki-Howe. “And I came out, and we saw – I don’t know – over ten cops with their big rifles out. And then they shut down the road, told all the residents to stay in the home…”

Police say they arrested a man in his 50s. Neighbors saw him led out of the house in handcuffs.

“Never seen anything like it before,” commented Janicki-Howe. “And I know it can happen anywhere, but when you see it happen on the street that you live on, you know… it’s surreal.”

Amherst Police say nobody was hurt during the incident.

There’s no word yet what the man is being charged with.

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