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UN headquarters locked down after three-hour standoff between NYPD, armed man

Local media reported that the man dropped his shotgun and surrendered to police.

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Diplomats and employees at the UN headquarters in New York were ordered to remain in place for nearly three hours on Thursday after an armed man was seen outside.

In videos that surfaced on social media, the man was seen pacing back and forth with what appeared to be a shotgun.

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Reuters cited an NYPD official saying the man was in his 60s, carrying a firearm.

The NYPD warned people against coming to the area for hours before announcing that the man was taken into custody.

“Due to a police investigation, avoid the area of 42 Street and 1st Avenue. Expect emergency vehicles in the surrounding area. Traffic along the FDR Drive is affected. Use an alternate route if traveling in the area,” a tweet from the New York Police Department said.

Local media reported that the man dropped his shotgun and surrendered to police.

An armed man speaks with member of the NYPD outside the UN headquarters in New York City, Dec. 2, 2021. (Reuters)
An armed man speaks with member of the NYPD outside the UN headquarters in New York City, Dec. 2, 2021. (Reuters)
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