Officers in the 109th Precinct disarmed an emotionally disturbed man possessing a loaded gun on Friday, according to police.
“I cannot stress how dangerous of a situation the officers were placed in,” Deputy Inspector Thomas J. Conforti said in a statement. “It is a true testament to the professionalism and bravery of these officers, given the the circumstances, that the incident was defused without a single injury to anyone involved.”
The four officers responded to a 911 call shortly after 9 p.m. at an undisclosed location within the 109th Precinct’s confines about an emotionally disturbed man suffering from depression. After arriving at the location and approaching to establish a verbal dialogue, the officers observed a firearm in the man’s hand and immediately sought cover.
The man complied with the officers’ initial demands to put down his firearm, but picked up the weapon once again when he was approached to be taken into custody. After the officers convinced the man to put down the gun for a second time, police said, he was tackled and the weapon — a loaded 9mm handgun — was secured.
“Great job to each and every officer,” NYPD First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin B. Tucker said via Twitter. “Thank you for relying on your communication skills to resolve the job peacefully.”