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UPDATE: Man taken into custody, imitation pistol recovered after police standoff in Cobble Hill

March 19, 2019 Paul Stremple

Police responded to a call of an emotionally disturbed person barricaded inside their apartment at 125 Court Street this morning. A heavy police presence remains on the scene as the situation continues to unfold.

The call came just before 9:00 a.m. and Cobble Hill’s streets are still cordoned off a block in every direction from the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street.

Eagle photo by Paul Stremple.
Eagle photo by Paul Stremple.

Officers on the scene said there was “a man with a weapon” in the large apartment building.

Units from the NYPD’s Strategic Response Group were on hand, manning police lines to wave away pedestrians, many of whom wanted to know if they can still get into Trader Joe’s. (They couldn’t.)

Eagle photo by Paul Stremple.

Police flew drones outside the windows of 125 Court and sharpshooters climbed to the rooftop of a building at 145 Court Street to observe the southern windows. Around noon, officers could be seen attempting to prop open the window of an upper apartment while a drone hovered outside.

The standoff is in its third hour as of publication time.

Update (3:00 p.m.): Just after noon, officers made contact with the man, who was barricaded alone in an apartment with a gun and a baseball bat, police said. At 2:19 p.m. the individual was taken into custody without incident and an imitation pistol was recovered at the scene, said an NYPD spokesperson.

Correction (2:13 p.m.): An earlier version of this article described the neighborhood as Downtown Brooklyn. After internal discussion we determined Cobble Hill is more accurate.

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