Man throws bomb-like device into police van near Times Square, followed by a six-hour SWAT team standoff

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NEW YORK, NY – Some tense moments in the Big Apple after a man throws some kind of device into this New York Police van near Times Square.

Officers in the van said the device began to flash and make a clicking sound, so their first thought was, ‘Could it be a bomb?’

“They did not exit the vehicle and attempt to flee it,” NYPD Commissioner William Bratton explained. “Instead, they made the conscious decision to move that police vehicle out of Times Square to get it away from the huge crowds in the square….so that they could save, potentially, hundreds, if not thousands, of people.”

Yeah, that wouldn’t be pretty.

But after the bomb squad was called in and determined the device was a fake, New York’s finest also located the suspect’s car.

“We were also able with our detectors, later, to determine that that vehicle was in fact located here in Columbus Circle,” Bratton conveyed.

Then, the SWAT team was called in.

What happened next was a six-hour police standoff!

Officers used a robot to communicate with the man barricaded in his car. Finally, police pepper-sprayed the suspect, and he was carted off. Fortunately, no one was injured.

And the cops proved why they are heroes.

“Putting their own lives at risk,” Bratton shared, “I just, I cannot emphasize how proud I am of them.”

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