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Man with gun outside United Nations is in custody, NYPD says

The agency added there is no threat to the public.
A man raises his hands after holding a gun under his chin, as he speaks with members of the NYPD outside the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Dec. 2, 2021.
A man raises his hands after holding a gun under his chin, as he speaks with members of the NYPD outside the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Dec. 2, 2021.Carlo Allegri / Reuters
/ Source: NBC News

An armed man outside the United Nations has surrendered, hours after New York City police officers swarmed the world body Thursday and urged the public to avoid the area.

"The individual is now in custody and there is NO THREAT to the public," the department said in a tweet just before 1:45 p.m.

The NYPD's Emergency Services Unit had responded to the area, saying it was "in conversation with an armed individual outside the United Nations," department Chief of Special Operations Harry J. Wedin tweeted.

Photos showed a man in a red coat holding a gun under his chin before peacefully giving up the weapon near East 42nd Street at First Avenue.

Even after the tense standoff ended, police still urged New Yorkers to avoid the area around the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan where the United Nations is based.

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This article was originally published on NBCNews.com.