Man identified, charged after allegedly firing AK-47 in Wheatfield home

WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) — Allegedly armed with an AK-47, a Wheatfield man is accused of barricading himself in his home on the 2900 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard early Monday afternoon.

A shelter in place was briefly in effect on the road between Ward Rd. and Mavis Dr.

Shots were fired in the house, Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies say. Despite this, no one was hurt.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the suspect, James Walcott, 46, threatened to kill any responding law enforcement officers.


Walcott, who was allegedly very intoxicated, was taken into custody around 1:30 p.m. He came out of his back door without his gun, asking “What is going on?” deputies say.

The location of the incident was just a few miles from a school. The Sheriff’s Office did not feel like the school was in danger since Walcott was in his house.

The shelter in place was lifted shortly after Walcott was taken into custody.

Deputies say there was a previous domestic disturbance call at that address.

It is not clear if Walcott’s weapon was legally owned. Authorities charged him with reckless endangerment and menacing.

Walcott was jailed in Niagara County in lieu of $2,500 bail. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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