Wounded veteran from NC arrested with multiple weapons outside NY town hall, police say

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NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – North Tonawanda Police say multiple agencies received an officer safety message from New York State Police regarding a man who may be armed with multiple firearms. A vehicle description was also released. 

Police say the vehicle was located at the North Tonawanda City Hall at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The man, 36-year-old Timothy Payne, was located at City Hall. He is from North Carolina with ties to North Tonawanda.

After a brief conversation with officers, Payne admitted to having firearms in his vehicle, according to police. 

Payne is a wounded military veteran and a double amputee, North Tonawanda police said.

An item was located by authorities that appeared to be an explosive device.

The Erie County Bomb Squad and the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Army Bomb Disposal Unit and searched the vehicle and City Hall.

No explosives were found in City Hall, and the apparent explosive device from the vehicle was removed, according to authorities. 

The device is being analyzed by the Erie County Bomb Squad, but there’s no word at this time if it was an actual explosive device.

Police also found a loaded pistol, two loaded military-style rifles and 100 rounds of ammunition inside the vehicle. 

No one was injured and no threats were made to anyone while Payne was in City Hall.

He’s charged with criminal possession of a weapon and further charges are pending an investigation. 

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