Town of Tonawanda Police Release 911 Tape in Joe Hollywood Incident

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TOWN OF TONAWANDA, NY - Town of Tonawanda Police have released the 911 audio and transcripts of the incident on Fries Road from earlier this week.

It begins with the call for help that came from a woman in the house and contains the details of each move the police made via their dispatch afterwards.

The report shows police received a call around 9:15am Monday from a woman who was hysterical, screaming 'he is going to kill me'.  The woman called police back to report that Hollywood had started the house on fire and that the front door was barricaded. The woman was able to get out of the house safely.

Firefighters were held back while police secured the area.

Kenmore East High School, which is located down the street from Hollywood's home, was put on lockdown, as were other Ken-Ton Schools.

Nearby residents were told to seek shelter in their basements during the incident until police could locate Hollywood.

Hollywood's body was found in a corner of the basement, near an oxygen tank and a long gun and several other weapons.   Police say that Hollywood positioned himself so he could, "engage any police that came in looking for him."

Hollywood died of smoke inhalation, according to the autopsy report.

Police also released other calls to and from 163 Fries Road, dating back to 2004.   

WEB EXTRA: You can read those reports here

Hollywood often called police to complain about speeding traffic, or parking issues on Fries Road.

Here are some of the incidents police responded to involving Hollywood:

  • 2004:  Officer wrote in report that Bryniarski (Hollywood) has "an extensive history and sometimes violent behavior"
  • 2005: [Hollywood] Very agitated and threatening to go and physically assault the kid
  • 2006: Town of Tonawanda Police called to assist North Tonawanda Police after Hollywood threatened staff and himself at DeGraff Hospital.   Town of Tonawanda Police seized a rifle from Hollywood's home.
  • 2006:  Police responded to a domestic incident for Hollywood verbally threatening to kill his girlfriend
  • 2009: Girlfriend called police because she was locked out the house and concerned about Hollywood because he was not responding.

WGRZ/ Town of Tonawanda Police

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