TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Police say they have found the remains of the suspect who forced an entire street and schools in the Ken-Ton District into lockdown.
Firefighters and police were called to a fire on Fries Road in the Town of Tonawanda around 9:20 a.m. Monday. A woman inside had called 911 and reported that a man was threatening her with a gun.
"She was stating, 'He's going to kill me. He's got a gun,'" said Lt. Nick Bado.
Officers arriving on the scene reported hearing gunshots. For safety, fire crews stayed back and let the fire burn.
PHOTO GALLERY | Fire on Fries Road
Lt. Bado said, "From the initial call it sounded as if he was just determined to die today, one way or another, gave her that indication and gave her an opportunity to leave the home. It becomes really unpredictable when you have someone who is in this particular mental state, where they have just determined the die, so they have nothing to lose. The potential scenarios are numerous. The threat to officer safety, firefighter safety to resident safety percentage goes up dramatically high."
Police say the suspect, 60-year-old Joseph Hollywood, whose birth name is Joseph Bryniarski, set the home on fire during a domestic dispute. Authorities say no one was shot during the incident.
Town of Tonawanda Police took to Twitter to interact with residents. Authorities first asked that neighbors within a quarter mile of 163 Fries Road shelter in their basements, schools in the Ken-Ton District were put into lockdown, and National Grid cut power in the area of Fries and Eggert Roads that National Grid.
Around 1 p.m. Tonawanda Police lifted the lockdowns. But two hours later, police were searching two homes on Mayfield Avenue and again locked down Kenmore East, Edison and Franklin Middle schools, delaying student dismissal. Police say the suspect was not found and lifted the lockdown around 4 p.m., allowing students to return home.
While investigators sifted through the debris of the home, authorities say they were intent on pursuing any credible piece of information to suggest Hollywood was still alive. Shortly after the second lockdown was lifted, Hollywood's remains were found amongst the debris in the basement of the home.
Police say it is unknown if the suspect died in the fire, or took his own life.
According to the Associated Press, Lt. Bado says Hollywood is well known to police. Officers have had 18 encounters with him since 2003 for complaints such as harassment, disorderly conduct and domestic disputes.
"Variety of different things from disturbances to domestic trouble to reckless driving to you name it. All over the map really," said Lt. Bado.
An Erie County judge has ruled that the statements Candace Cartagena made to police will be used in her murder trial. Of the six statements, two were not allowed in.
Friends and family of 20-year-old Ashley Nelson have not heard from her since September 17th.
A Dinosaur Bar-B-Que restaurant is taking another step closer to opening in Buffalo. The restaurant, that is slated to open in February, will begin hiring for hourly positions on Monday.
The Niagara County SPCA is so packed with cats and dogs that the shelter is waiving adoption fees on many of its animals this holiday season. But a distraught pet owner came to us claiming the shelter sold her a cat that was so sick she …
The FDA is warning that recalled automated external defibrillators (AEDs) made by Philips Healthcare could fail in life or death situations.
The old Red Mill is a major part of Williamsville's history but it has sat empty for about a decade. Sweet Jenny's store owners Howard and Tara Cadmus are moving down Main Street into the historic mill.