LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) - A man is in serious condition at Erie County Medical Center after jumping from the top of a Lancaster building, ending an hours-long standoff. The terrifying ordeal lasted into Thursday morning. Staff and customers at local businesses were ordered to stay indoors, because no one knew how bad the volatile situation could get.
Police closed off an area near Transit Road and William Street in Lancaster Wednesday night and advised residents to stay away when a man, later identified as 36-year-old Thomas Bailey, was spotted on top of a building.
Lancaster Police say there was a report around 9:20 p.m. that there was a male, claiming to have a gun, threatening to shoot people and stating that he was on the roof of a building. Multiple agencies responded to the Orville's Store, which is under construction. Police were in contact with Bailey by cell phone until his cell phone ran out of battery. Shortly before 1 a.m, Thursday, Bailey jumped off the building.
While negotiators were talking to Bailey, authorities took precautions to protect the public in the event he was armed. However, after the incident, no gun was found.
Bailey was taken to Erie County Medical Center with internal injuries and police say he will be held for a mental health evaluation.
During the incident Wednesday night, police advised Jessica DeGroff, assistant manager of Lancaster Lanes, to close up the bowling alley after she spotted officers running across the parking lot with weapons drawn.
"Right now, we're trying to keep everyone as comfortable as possible inside and away from all the doors. We have all of our parking lot lights off and most of the lights off within the building besides where the customers are at," DeGroff said.
At Flix Theaters, management shut the doors, locking patrons and staff inside. A regional manager told News 4 everyone inside was safe and authorities kept management abreast of the situation. However, no one was allowed to leave until the all clear was given.
Authorities say they were alerted by family members that Bailey was on the roof. It is still unclear how he was able to climb atop the building.
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