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Syracuse street closed as police respond to man who threatened to kill himself

Syracuse police block off part of West Onondaga Street on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023 after a man threatened to kill himself. (Rylee Kirk |
September 02, 2023

Syracuse police closed parts of West Onondaga Street shortly after noon Thursday after reports that a man was threatening to kill himself with a gun.

At least five police cars and an ambulance responded to the call at 12:15 p.m.

Officers on the scene took out long guns.

About 30 minutes later, a man came out of a building with his hands on his head. He went to the ground and officers surrounded him.

He appeared to be guided to an ambulance. | The Post-Standard has reached out to Syracuse police for more information.

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