Police defuse City College gun scare

April 30, 2008 5:23:03 PM PDT
Police say a suicidal man armed with a pellet pistol caused a brief scare at City College Wednesday. Police say the man held the weapon to the head of a student inside an office at the Harlem campus. The incident began at about 2:40 p.m. after a second student noticed that the 22-year-old suspect was following her. She recognized the suspect as an acquaintance, grew alarmed and ducked into a financial aid office, where workers called campus security.

Two uniformed New York City Police officers arrived a few minutes later to find that the suspect had put his weapon to the head of a nearby student as the woman he had originally followed hid in another room. The pellet pistol resembled a .44-caliber revolver.

Police say he later removed the weapon from the woman's head and put it to his own.

The officers coaxed the man into dropping the weapon. He was captured and taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Authorities say it was not immediately clear if he was a student.