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At around 11 a.m. on Feb. 20, a few dozen members of the Colonie Police Department were on duty. Officers in patrol cars watched for speeding drivers; veterans trained the newest members of the force; sergeants, lieutenants and two deputy chiefs were at the station. It was a routine Wednesday morning.

In a matter of minutes, however, they were all circled outside two homes with guns drawn, the surrounding roads closed. A man had shot his wife and had taken his children hostage, they were told. He was holding the kids at either a house on Cresthaven Avenue or at one on Willoughby Drive, about a mile away.

“If you were in uniform and available, you were at either one or the other,” said Lt. Robert Winn.
Winn was at Willoughby Drive, where the puzzled homeowner soon arrived. In about 45 minutes, life was back to normal. The alarm was a hoax.

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