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December 6, 2012

Tragic end

Man takes own life after shooting wife Wednesday morning on Campbell Boulevard

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — TOWN OF LOCKPORT — A man who served time for a 1998 homicide in Lockport, shot his wife in the face Wednesday morning, shut himself inside his Campbell Boulevard with his 3-year-old child, then took his own life.

Morris Tucker, 44, was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot following a police standoff. The toddler, who was inside the house with Tucker, was not injured and was put in the care of relatives.

LeAnne Tucker, the child’s 40-year-old mother, was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of what the sheriff’s department described as a gunshot wound to her face. She was listed in intensive care at ECMC Wednesday night.

According to Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour, LeAnne Tucker fled the house after being shot. She flagged down two vehicles while holding her face. The drivers of an armored truck and second car called 911 just before 9:30 a.m.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene a short time later, placing the female victim into a patrol car and she was taken away from the scene which is about 200 yards from Saunders Settlement Road. 

The deputies learned her husband was armed and he was still inside the nearby house. A 3-year old girl was in the house with the armed suspect, deputies were told.

Members of the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team and the State Police Special Operations Response Team surrounded the house, attempting to make contact with Tucker. They set up command headquarters at a closed restaurant on the corner of Saunders Settlement and Campbell. 

After more than two hours, a loud speaker was used to try and make contact with the toddler. After about five minutes of calling her name, the girl came to the door and fled the residence at 12:25 p.m. She was taken to an armored vehicle and then to an ambulance by sheriff’s deputies.

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