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Police, SWAT presence on Columbia Ave

Rochester, N.Y. -- Two men were arrested following a standoff with police in a neighborhood on the city's southwest side Saturday morning. 

According to the Rochester Police Department, the two men, ages 43 and 26, got into an argument and both pulled out guns.

There was gunfire earlier in the day, between them and someone else, neighbor Denise Scott said, adding she saw people run into the house at 83 Columbia Ave. after she heard the shots fired.

When police got to the scene, witnesses said six people exited the home and surrendered to police just before 8 a.m. Saturday.

They took them out one by one, put their hands behind their head, put the handcuffs on them and took them away, Scott said.

Two people remained inside the house and refused to come out.  It is unclear if those two people were armed but officers said it was a hostile situation and the Emergency Task Force was called in.

We saw the snipers and the SWAT team come in, Scott said, adding snipers were stationed on rooftops near the house. Columbia Avenue was shut down from South Plymouth Avenue to Reynolds Street for most of the day.

Its just been chaotic, said neighbor John Lightfoot. Theyve just been locked up in their house.

After several hours, the SWAT team shot several cans of tear gas into the home. Please come to the door, police said over a bullhorn. Were not going anywhere; we dont want anyone to get hurt. 

About 20 minutes later, a man and woman emerged from the home. Both were handcuffed and taken into custody.

It was just a situation that got out of hand and I think these kids were scared, said Lightfoot. They were scared and they didnt know what to do here.

The standoff lasted nearly five hours.  It ended without incident a little after noon Saturday. Police swept the home and surrounding houses before clearing the scene. 

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