Police square off against disturbed Downtown man

Emergency responders brought a Downtown Brooklyn man to the psych ward after he tried to barricade himself inside a Bond Street apartment on Oct. 21.
Photo by Kevin Duggan

A Downtown Brooklyn man barricaded himself inside his Bond Street apartment after suffering a psychotic break Monday night, leading to a standoff with police.

Officers responding to a so-called “wellness check” — a request for police intervention from friends or family concerned about a person’s mental health or behavior — found the man locked inside the apartment between Livingston and Schermerhorn streets around 6:30 pm.

Two trucks with the Police Department’s Emergency Service Unit and several squad cars barricaded the street outside, while a police chopper hovered overhead for at least an hour.

Officers apprehended the man at 7 pm, and secured him to a gurney with the assistance waiting of paramedics, who rushed him to the psych ward of a nearby hospital for treatment.

One out-of-towner staying in the same residential high rise was confronted by the police cordon Monday night, and opted to wait outside the building instead of braving whatever lay inside.

“I saw all the cop cars and the helicopter and I decided I didn’t want to go inside the building in case it was too dangerous,” said Cindy, from California, who didn’t give her last name.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@schnepsmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.

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