BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police are investigating after a call for a welfare check in Cheektowaga led to nearby houses being evacuated as officers engaged in a lengthy negotiation with a man with a weapon, Cheektowaga’s police chief said Monday.
Chief of Police Brian Gould said at around 1 p.m. Monday, dispatch received the call for a welfare check from a caller whom Gould said in a written statement “gave very little information.” Officers arrived at the location on St. Boniface Road and found a man in a vehicle with a weapon.
The area was then secured and nearby houses were evacuated. The man surrendered to police after what Gould called a “protracted negotiation.” He was transported to a hospital for evaluation.
The incident remains under police investigation.
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