Police Successfully Resolve Hostage Situation

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(WNY News Now) – On September 16, 2023, police responded to a shots-fired call on North State Street, leading to a hostage situation. The standoff ended peacefully after hours of negotiation, resulting in one arrest and the safe release of all hostages.

Syracuse – On Saturday, September 16, 2023, at approximately 08:20 a.m., Syracuse Police Department officers rushed to the 1000 block of North State Street following reports of gunfire. Upon arrival, they found a 27-year-old male victim who had been shot at inside 1022 North State Street.

Further investigation revealed that three individuals, including two teenage girls and a woman in her twenties, were allegedly being held against their will by an armed suspect, identified as Leslie T. Henderson, a 45-year-old resident of Syracuse.


Responding officers secured the area, activated the Emergency Response Team, and enlisted Liberty Resources for assistance. Hostage negotiators engaged Henderson in discussions, leading to the release of the teenage victims, unharmed.

At approximately 7:36 p.m., Henderson agreed to release the final hostage, culminating in his peaceful surrender. Medical personnel from American Medical Response evaluated both Henderson, who had a hand injury, and the last hostage, found in good health.

Search warrants executed at 1022 North State Street resulted in the recovery of a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun and ammunition.



Leslie T. Henderson was transported to the Onondaga County Justice Center, where he faces multiple charges, including Unlawful Imprisonment (3 counts), Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, and Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree.

Note: The investigation is ongoing, and details may change as more evidence is reviewed and witnesses are interviewed.

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