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Buffalo-area man found dead after house fire, shots-fired incident

Police in a suburban Buffalo school district say that a man who they believe set fire to a house and was also involved in a domestic incident that reportedly involved shots being fired has been found dead.
Updated at 10:02 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7:

Tonawanda (WSYR-TV/WKBW-TV) – Police in a suburban Buffalo school district say that a man who they believe set fire to a house and was also involved in a domestic incident that reportedly involved shots being fired has been found dead.

According to Eyewitness News WKBW in Buffalo, police confirmed that 60-year-old Joe Hollywood was dead at 4:55 p.m. on Monday, but are not able to say if his death was caused by the fire or the result of some other self-inflicted act.

Officials responded earlier in the day after 911 dispatchers received a call from a woman who said a man had set their home on fire and had threatened to kill her.

Eyewitness News says Hollywood threatened the woman with a gun.

When firefighters responded, they could not immediately attack the fire because Hollywood had not been found.

The Kenmore/Town of Tonawanda School District, as well as several nearby neighborhoods, were under lockdown, but it was lifted at 1:10 p.m., although Hollywood was still unaccounted for.

Hollywood had a lengthy and colorful history of problems with the law according to The Buffalo News. In 2000, he was charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct after being tackled in the tunnel behind the end zone while dressed as Santa during a Bills/Colts game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

For more information on the incident, visit Eyewitness News.

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