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Victor Standoff Ends With Two People In Custody; Neighbors Return Home

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Rochester: Victor Standoff Ends With Two People In Custody; Neighbors Return Home
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A nearly 12-hour standoff in Ontario County ended Monday evening. It started with the report of shots fired on Ketchum Street in a neighborhood in Victor.

Police said that the two people that were inside the house gave themselves up without incident and are in custody. Neither has visible injuries, and are both undergoing medical evaluations.

They left after tear gas was shot into the house by police. Before that, police were using "flash-bangs" that lit up the neighborhood Monday night.

"These are used to not only illuminate, but to distract and disorient persons inside these situations. They caused movement within the residence, into an area we were eventually able to get (tear) gas into," Sheriff Phil Povero said.

Police said that at least three gunshots were fired from inside the house Monday night; one of which exited the house.

Authorities have been on the scene since 9:30 a.m. Monday after receiving 911 calls from neighbors. Povero says a man came out of his home and fired three shots into vehicles in his driveway. Deputies say the man went back into his home and then went into the backyard, where he fired another shot into the air, before reentering the house.

Neighbors have been let back into the area.

Authorities said there were no injuries to any police. Povero said it was the longest standoff of 42-year career in law enforcement.

Neighbors Return Home After Incident

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The people who live in that neighborhood are back in their homes this morning.

The area was on lockdown during the standoff meaning neighbors in their homes were told to stay there and those who were already out of their homes were not allowed into the area.

St. Patrick's Church in Victor opened its doors to those who needed a place to go.

Neighbors say authorities did a good job keeping them informed of the situation as it unfolded.

"They kept calling and kept informing us and telling you what to do, and kept telling you to stay in the house even though everyone was curious and everything and I kept calling with all the SWAT teams and the Ontario Sheriff's I felt pretty secure that my family was ok," Ketchum Street resident, John Brewer said.

"It was a little unsettling, actually it was really unsettling," neighbor James Hood said. "It's not something you would expect to have happen in Victor."

The lockdown was lifted around 10 o'clock last night.

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