Concord standoff subject identified, charged with attempted murder

Mar 17, 2014

A standoff described as an 'active shooting' in the Town of Concord ended Monday morning after a gunman fired shots at authorities responding to a domestic call on home Brown Hill Road Road Sunday night.

A bullet hole on the hood of an Erie County Sheriff's car.
Credit Erie County Sheriff's Department

The 48-year-old man, identified Monday afternoon as Matthew Eck, holed up in the home voluntarily surrendered to authorities around 9:30 a.m. Monday.

"I'm very happy to report there appears to be no injuries to himself, his family, or the team of law enforcement officers that were on the scene," said Erie County Undersheriff Mark Wipperman Monday.

Police were called to a home on Brown Hill Road near Zimmerman Road around 9 p.m. in regards to a man with a gun Sunday. When authorities arrived several shots were fired.

"As they approached the residence, they were shot at. The cars were shot at and were, in fact, struck. Both vehicles were hit at least three times," Erie County Sheriff's Captain Ron Kenyon says.

One of the responding vehicles had its tires shot out.
Credit Erie County Sheriff's Department

One of the sheriff's deputies, who had his windshield shattered by a gunshot, was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

For hours, police worked to make sure Eck remained contained. The Erie County Sheriff's Department Air One helicopter assisted with a manhunt. Authorities had closed a section of the 219 overnight for three hours from Boston State Road and Genesee Road, but it has since reopened.

Police established a perimeter around the home where the gunman remains holed up. The Sheriff's Department Mobile Emergency Operations Center arrived at the scene and the FBI set up a command center.

Kenyon says the call came a neighboring family, reporting the man was "extremely distraught." Kenyon calls it a "domestic incident turned horribly bad." The suspect was alone in the home and none of his family were harmed.

Investigators believe about 25 shots were aimed at police. Kenyon says prescription medication and alcohol may have played a contributing factor. Eck was taken to ECMC for psychiatric evaluation.

Eck has been charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder. He is being held without bail at the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment in Concord Town Court.