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April 30, 2014

Police charge suicidal man

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The West Avenue man responsible for Lockport Police and Fire having to shut down a portion of that street late Friday night is now facing a charge as a result of the event.

Edward Hollfelder, 48, 115 West Ave., was charged Monday with first-degree reckless endangerment, a felony. He is scheduled to appear today in Lockport City Court.

Police received a call at about 10:30 p.m. Friday about a suicidal man armed with a shotgun on West Avenue. Officers responded along with the Lockport Fire Department and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office. The agencies shut down an area around West Avenue, blocking the street at Hawley Street, Park Avenue and Prospect Street.

Police and emergency crews set up in the Walgreens parking lot on South Transit Street. The responding officers “found a distraught person armed with a loaded shotgun inside his home. After over an hour taking to the man, hostage negotiator Officer Michael Stover was able to persuade him to surrender,” the LPD said.

Surrendering just after 12:30 a.m., Hollfelder was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for a mental health evaluation and was released Saturday morning. Officers took the shotgun and another gun they found in the house.

The police investigated the West Avenue home, finding the 20-gauge shotgun had been fired once. Part of the shell was found on the porch and the rest on the grass in the yard. Police Chief Larry Eggert said police did not receive any calls concerning bullet holes or gunshot injuries.

“We weren’t there when that shot was fired,” Eggert said.

Police said Hollfelder turned himself in on Monday and was held for arraignment.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241, or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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