Armed Standoff

Negotiators Called After City Man Threatens Harm With Knife

A Jamestown man was facing charges after an armed standoff with police Tuesday morning at an apartment complex on Lakeview Avenue. No injuries were reported. P-J photo by Eric Tichy

A Jamestown man is facing charges after he barricaded himself inside an apartment with several knives Tuesday morning.

The 33-year-old, whose name was not released, was being held after officers responded to an apartment complex at 100 Lakeview Avenue, at Eighth Street, around 9 a.m. for a report of a domestic incident and a man with a knife.

Upon arrival, city police found the man armed with several knives. At least two people inside the apartment were able to flee uninjured, Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department said.

The man reportedly threatened self harm and held police at bay for about two hours. Members of the city’s Critical Incident Negotiators were summoned to the apartment complex.

“Officers were able to clear the scene and kept the man in that area,” Samuelson told The Post-Journal. “We brought in our negotiators and they were able to make contact with him.”

The standoff ended after an electronic device, also known as a “Taser,” was used on the 33-year-old, Samuelson said. The city man was taken into custody and taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA for an evaluation.

The man reportedly did not sustain injuries.