TOWN OF TONAWANDA, NY-- Town of Tonawanda Police say Joe Hollywood died of smoke inhalation, according to the autopsy report.
Hollywood's body was found in a corner of the Fries Road basement, near an oxygen tank and a long gun and several other weapons. But, police haven't released how many weapons have been found.
Police say that Hollywood positioned himself so he could, "engage any police that came in looking for him."
A Town of Tonawanda Police spokesperson says they received a call from 163 Fries Road around 9:15am Monday from a woman saying 'he has a gun and he's gonna kill me', and that they could hear a man screaming in the background.
PHOTO GALLERY: Police respond to incident on Fries Road (http://on.wgrz.com/15S3avQ)
Police say the woman was able to get out of the house and is safe. She told police the man, identified by police as Joe Hollywood, was reportedly the only other person in the home.
Police put nearby residents and schools on lock down while they secured the area and searched for the suspect.
Police found Hollywood's body in the basement of the home. At the time, police did not know if Hollywood died from the fire, or a self-inflicted gunshot.
The SWAT team was called in to look through what's left of the house.
All Ken-Ton schools were in lock down, and some dismissals were delayed, while police investigated the suspect's whereabouts. All lock downs have been lifted.
Tonawanda Police said Monday that Hollywood had 18 incidents with police, ranging from domestic violence to disorderly conduct and reckless driving.
2 On Your Side has learned that Hollywood was arrested in Amherst in 1991 for DWI and that the charge was knocked down to Driving While Ability Impaired.
He was also arrested in 1993 in Amherst for speeding. This charge was knocked down to a standing violation.
On Monday night, police remained at Hollywood's home to ensure no one crossed the police tape into the rubble.
North Tonawanda volunteer firefighter John Tamburlin saw what happened on TV and decided he needed to see what was left of the house in person.
"Couldn't believe it burnt down this far. I thought it was a small fire. Here it turned out all the walls are gone," he said.
Hollywood's long-time friend Cheryl Shafer remembers him as a great kid who ended up getting into trouble by his teens.
"He's done crazy things, but he's never hurt anybody," she says.
By Monday night, the water department was working on shutting off service to Hollywood's home. And while all of the firefighters who worked all day to put out the flames and hot spots were gone by the time Tamburlin got there, he is thankful they all stayed safe.
"It's difficult to fight fires like this. Especially, a guy with a gun on top of it," says Tamburlin.
Hollywood, who was a graduate of Kenmore East High, lived in the home for about 15 years. And it could be days before police leave the home.
It's unclear whether the guns were registered to Hollywood and why he had them, given his criminal history.