BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A violent confrontation between a man and a woman sparked a two-hour standoff in Buffalo's Bailey-Delavan neighborhood Thursday morning.
It was about 9:30 a.m. on Dorris Avenue near Bailey when Carolyn Council saw her neighbor in a panic.
"She came running down to my house in her pajamas, her night clothes, banging on my door saying help, she needed help," Council said.
Buffalo SWAT Commander Capt. Mark Maraschiello said, "The call started out as a violent domestic which quickly turned into a weapon call. Residents from 101 Dorris stated there was a man in the house who had a weapon next to him, made veiled threats to kill somebody, they weren't really sure who he was talking about. They heard a shot fired as they were running out of the house."
Neighbor Rhonda Hayaski confirmed, "I heard a very loud gunshot. It was loud."
About a half hour after the SWAT team arrived, the man surrendered peacefully, but police still saw the curtains move inside. Sharpshooters made their way into the house, but it turns out the only one left inside was a dog
All ended safely, and Council didn't think twice about opening her door to a neighbor in distress.
"They my neighbor, and I know them and I said to her, if you ever have an urgency like that again, if something ever happens, you can come knock on my door and the thing is I have a problem where I need you, I'm going to knock on your door, too. I'm your neighbor. That's what neighbors are supposed to do. We're supposed to protect each other," Council said.
The 30-year-old man involved in the standoff was charged with menacing, harassment and assault.
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