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Armed man outside UN arrested after standoff, lockdown

The armed man who caused a lockdown of United Nations headquarters in New York City earlier is in custody.

The man was arrested without incident at around 1:30 p.m., about three hours after police said he was first spotted outside a security checkpoint on Manhattan’s First Avenue.

During the standoff, the man held an object pointed at his own throat, possibly a firearm. The gates on the fence that rings the UN complex were closed, and the man didn’t appear to be trying to breach the security perimeter. Police said there was no danger to the public.

People inside UN headquarters were initially told to shelter in place, but were later allowed to move about the complex and come and go from other entrances.

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