NYPD uses drone for 1st time to respond to barricaded person

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN (WABC) -- For the first time, the NYPD used a drone to assist in the successful takedown of a barricaded suspect.

Police disarmed and subdued a 49-year-old man, barricaded for hours in a Downtown Brooklyn apartment Tuesday morning.

The man was reported to be armed inside his 9th floor apartment on Court Street.

Police used the drone to monitor the man through a window, giving them an alternate point of view from officers who were looking through a crack on his apartment door.

The drone enabled officers to confirm that the man had put down what appeared to be a gun.

The man was taken to the hospital and underwent an evaluation. The gun turned out to be a fake.

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