A nearly three-hour standoff between a suicidal man armed with a shotgun and authorities outside the United Nations building in Manhattan ended Thursday, according to police.
According to police sources, William Tingler, 65, of Ormand Beach, Fla., was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, making terroristic threats, menacing, reckless endangerment, and obstruction.
Late Thursday morning, he was seen pacing on First Avenue between East 42nd and 45th streets, pointing the gun at himself and refusing to drop it, according to sources. Cops discovered him in possession of a “manifesto” when he was apprehended, according to reports.
Photographs from the incident show the man, dressed in a red jacket and blue pants, holding the gun under his chin as cops attempted to reason with him.
Tingler was apprehended about 1:45 p.m. According to authorities, he was taken to a neighboring hospital for a psychological evaluation.
According to police officials, he never pointed the shogun, which had a single bullet in it, at officers.
Tingler, according to police, arrived in the city from Florida on Wednesday and checked into the Millennium Hotel on 44th Street. He arrived at the UN building with a pair of suspicious backpacks and a shotgun on Thursday morning.
The individual had a stack of paperwork he wanted someone at the United Nations to look through, according to First Deputy Commissioner Ben Tucker.
According to Tucker, he consented to surrender when police offered to hand over the various documents to a UN representative. The contents of the papers were unknown, but Tucker stated that they “had no precise purpose.”
The UN complex was also put on lockdown, so cops locked down the roads around it.