I established it was the police and allowed them in my home. Two police officers rushed into our apartment to search for the suspect. I assured them a man did not live there. My small children(ages 4 & 5) hid behind me and my son smiled as best he could and repeated over and over,"Hello Mr. Policeman. I like policemen. I'm going to be a policeman someday."
The police were satisfied that there was no clear and present danger and put their weapons away to talk with us. They explained why they had come and then they left. I tried to go back to sleep.
The next day I wrote a lengthy letter (because this is a short version of a very long story) to the Chief Of Police and the Chief wrote me back fairly quickly. I had demanded the police department apologize and he assured me there would NOT be an apology. They received a call of a man with a gun threatening a life and it was their job to respond promptly. Thankfully that was not true but had it been true those police officers were ready to defend innocents. If the situation would occur again, the police would act in the very same manner.
These years later I see the occurrence as something that turned out okay but could have had a different ending had I not cooperated quickly. I still wonder, however, if the police would have acted the same toward a private residence as opposed to our low income housing apartment.