SPD use tear gas to get 2 people out of an apartment after reports of a threat

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Syracuse police say they responded to an apartment building on the city’s west side late Monday night, after a neighbor called 911 to report a man was holding a handgun and making threats.

When officers arrived at the building on West Onondaga Street, near South Avenue at about 11:47 p.m., the man hid in his apartment and refused to speak to police

Syracuse Police Department negotiators say they tried to communicate with him for several hours, but he refused to come out of the apartment.

At around 5:45 a.m. police say they deployed tear gas into the apartment, and two men immediately came out.

Police charged 29-year-old Mikhail Morgan with attempted assault, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon in connection to the incident. 

Investigators say Morgan hit a woman in the head with a handgun earlier in the evening, and pointed the handgun at others from his apartment window.

Morgan and the other man were taken into custody without incident. 

The second man was not charged in the incident. 

No other injuries were reported. 

During the investigation, all residents of the apartment building were evacuated to a nearby Centro bus.

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