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Bay Ridge – The corner of Fort Hamilton Parkway and 86th Street looked like a war zone this morning, as dozens of police responded to the scene after a man reportedly barricaded himself inside a nearby apartment.
News 12 Brooklyn reported that police arrived at the scene at approximately 7 a.m. after a man barricaded himself inside an apartment at 8502 Fort Hamilton Parkway.
The man was believed to have been armed, News 12 Brooklyn reported. The incident was described as a possible hostage situation, although it wasn’t immediately clear if there was anyone else inside the apartment with the man.
Police closed off the block of Fort Hamilton Parkway between 85th and 86th streets to traffic and pedestrians while they dealt with the potentially dangerous situation.
The Bay Ridge Odyssey blog reported that residents of the building were prohibited by police from entering or leaving as a safety precaution.
The situation appeared to have been resolved by 10:40 a.m. All of the police had left the scene and vehicular and pedestrian traffic was flowing freely along Fort Hamilton Parkway once again.
The man who reportedly barricaded himself inside an apartment at 8502 Fort Hamilton Parkway early this morning has been apprehended, according to News 12 Brooklyn. The man, whose name was not immediately released by cops, was a parolee who had refused to open his door to police, News 12 Brooklyn reported.
At first, it was believed that the man was armed and might be holding a hostage. But later reports indicated that he had no weapons and that there was no one inside the apartment with him.
After a few tense hours, the man finally agreed to open his apartment door to police, according to News 12 Brooklyn, which reported that the man was taken from the building in handcuffs.