Police investigation on Pinegrove Avenue in Irondequoit ends peacefully

Updated: 06/16/2014 11:32 PM
Created: 06/16/2014 5:04 PM WHEC.com

A Police investigation in Irondequoit ended peacefully Monday night. Officers were called to a home on Pinegrove Avenue, off of St. Paul Boulevard.

But before then, residents of this community were a little on edge. 

Residents told News10NBC this is a quiet, safe neighborhood, but earlier today it was the scene of s standoff between a man in a house and Irondequoit Police. 

Elio Realbuto, who lives on Pinegrove Ave, said, “this type of stuff doesn't happen and it would be nice to have some answers, that's for sure.”

This is the scene people like Realbuto came home to after work. Around 4:00pm, Irondequoit Police rushed here and cordoned off Pinegrove Avenue at Oakridge Drive. People like Realbuto had to wait for a couple of hours before they could go home, with no explanation from police. 

“This is a great neighborhood. It’s a great place and it’s a little uneasy. My wife, thank God she was at work wasn't here, She was at work and our kids aren't home,” said Realbuto.

Irondequoit Police Chief Richard Tantalo says this all started when someone called 9-1-1 concerned about the person in the house in question.

“He was certainly upset over a personal matter that had occurred recently in his life and we were making sure we were taking the necessary safeguards to keep anything from escalating,” said Chief Tantalo.

The chief would not be more specific about the potential danger to the neighborhood. But residents in nearby homes were asked to stay indoors and the police emergency response team and hostage negotiators were brought in. What sounded like a gun going off startled some people.

Sue Gutknecht, who lives nearby said, “I wanted it to be resolved happily of course. We would like to see everything take care of without any violence.”

The chief says the shot that was heard was not related to the house.  The person was in the home alone and did come out peacefully.  He was taken to the hospital for evaluation.  The chief would not say if he is facing any charges

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