ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany police thought a home invasion occurred on Lark Drive Thursday afternoon.
Police surrounded the home at 880 Lark Drive for nearly five hours Thursday after getting a 911 call for a home invasion and believing a man was inside with a gun.
Police stood with their guns drawn pointed at the home, and the department deployed the crisis team.
“We got a call to the 800 block for Lark Drive,” Albany Officer Steve Smith said.
The homeowner called police stating another man armed with a weapon came to his house while he was home. Police responded, closed Lark Drive between Manning Boulevard and Pearl Street, and called in tactical officers.
“Responding officers initially believed that there was somebody on the second floor,” Smith continued.
Officers used an air horn to shout messages at the home saying, “Come out with your hands up.”
“Our responding officer that came to the scene believed that somebody was still inside the residence,” Smith explained.
Police were hopeful that if anyone was still inside, they would come out peacefully, but police never got an answer.
“For that reason, we took necessary precautions,” Smith said. “We shut the street down. We surrounded the house.”
Neighbors were also told to stay out of harm’s way.
“We encouraged people that were home to stay inside their homes while the officers conducted their investigation,” Smith said.
Tactical officers dressed in heavy body armor and holding long rifles made entry into the home.
“I don’t think that you can say that we can over respond,” Smith said. “We took the necessary precautions here. Obviously, anytime you are facing a situation with a potentially armed suspect, we want to ensure that the officers are safe and that the members of the community are safe.”
After making entry, police discovered the home was empty. Officers received criticism for the scale and length of the operation, but police said they won’t hesitate to use tools available to them to protect themselves and the community.
“So we have these resources available to us when we have these types of calls,” Smith said.
Police have not made any arrests in connection to the reported home invasion, and they do not, yet, have a description of the suspect.