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Reports of armed man at nursing home unfounded

Posted at: 12/15/2012 11:41 PM
By: Dan Levy

ALBANY - In the immediate aftermath of Newtown, Connecticut, local and state police took no chances on Saturday night when word began spreading about a man with a gun at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home in Albany.

In the end, paraphrasing the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke, what they had was a failure to communicate.

The sprawling complex looked like a scene from a police action movie, squad cars everywhere, flashing lights reflecting off the buildings and trees, officers from four area departments, and then a SWAT team called to the grounds around 5:20 P.M.

It was about that time when Candace Edwards of Albany got a phone call from her son, who works at the nursing home, telling her there was a man with a gun in the building.

"You can't explain the feeling," Edwards begins, "You just have to try not to get into a car accident getting there."

Just before police were called about a man with a gun, there was another call from the nursing home about a visitor who had gotten into a fight with his father.

"With those two pieces of information together, we were concerned that we had an armed individual within the facility," said Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff. "As it turns out that was a miscommunication between one of the employees of the facility and one of their relatives."

Krokoff says there was never any armed individuals at the facility and at no time was anybody in any danger. The chief also said the police response would have been exactly the same if the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut hadn't happened the day before.