Standoff ends peacefully after 12 hours in West New York

A tense standoff ended peacefully Sunday afternoon after a man barricaded himself inside his West New York home for more than 12 hours.



Witnesses tell News 12 they heard gunshots around 2 a.m. before officers arrived in the area of Kennedy Boulevard and 57th Street.



Police say the incident started as a traffic stop. A suspect in his 20s reportedly ran to the home where he was living in and barricaded himself in.



The West New York mayor says the man is a military veteran and had a gun or guns with him.



Dozens of officers from a handful of local towns were seen on the property, as well as K-9s and heavily armed SWAT teams throughout the day.



Residents in surrounding homes were also evacuated during the incident as a precaution.



The standoff ended around 2:45 p.m. after a police negotiator, the man's family and the mayor convinced the man to come out.



The suspect is now in the hands of the prosecutor's office. Charges have not been announced.


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