ROTTERDAM – A call for an emotionally distressed person who may harm himself Tuesday morning turned into a five-hour long standoff at a Rotterdam apartment complex, police said.
After periodic communication with authorities, the man exited the apartment at Brookview Court Apartments at around 2 p.m. unharmed and was taken to the hospital for treatment, Rotterdam Police Lt. Jeffery Collins said.
The incident began shortly after 7 a.m. with a report of a man in his late 30s in distress who left the residence with a knife and made threats to harm himself, Collins said.
The initial search for the man centered around Bradt School off Hamburg Street and led to day cares in the area being placed on lockout, Collins said.
The search for the man, however, eventually led police around 9 a.m. to Brookview Court Apartments off Princetown Road, about five miles away from the initial location, Collins said.
There, police determined he was in an apartment in a building there and police soon evacuated others from the building as they tried to get the man to come out, Collins said.
He initially refused to speak with arriving officers and barricaded himself inside the apartment, police said.
Representatives of multiple agencies responded to the scene to assist, including the state police, Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office and Schenectady County Fire Coordinator’s Office, police said. Schenectady Mobil Crisis and VA Hospital staff also responded.
Members of the state police Special Operations Response Team could also be seen during the incident.
After intermittent contact with a negotiator, the man then peacefully exited the apartment, Collins said.
He was taken to the hospital and no charges were expected, Collins said.