A Palisades man was taken to Nyack Hospital for evaluation today after he peacefully surrendered to police officers who had been trying to get through to him at his home for nearly two hours, according to Orangetown police.
Weapons were found in the home, however, Orangetown Lt. James Brown said there are currently no charges against the Palisades man. He said an investigation is continuing.
The incident, which began around 2 p.m., led to a section of Palisades being closed off and traffic diverted as Orangetown police and the Rockland Regional Entry and Counter-Terrorism (REACT) Team conducted an investigation. By 5 p.m., the man had surrendured and local roads were again opened to traffic.
Police said a friend of the Palisades man called police to express concern for the man's safety, noting that a suspicious e-mail had been sent by the Palisades man. Orangetown police officers sent to the house could not make contact with the resident.
Orangetown called the REACT team — also known as the SWAT team — for assistance with the effort to reach the Palisades man. No one was injured in the incident.
During the operation, traffic was diverted away from the area of Route 304 and Muroney Avenue. Emergency medical personnel were on standby nearby during the incident.
Police had asked motorists to avoid the area of Route 340 between Oak Tree Road and the New Jersey Line. Police had also asked officials in bordering New Jersey communities to also divert traffic from the area.