NJ Police Standoff With Flamethrower-Wielding Suspect Ends After 20 Hours


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A man who used a flamethrower during a 20-hour standoff in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, surrendered to police Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect, a 51-year-old man, allegedly barricaded himself in a home at 444 Thomas Avenue at around 4:33 p.m. Tuesday. Twitter users shared video purportedly showing the standoff, and the flamethrower.

Residents of nearby homes were asked to shelter in place for the duration of the standoff, which ended at about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday when the man was taken into custody.

Charges are pending, according to Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella.

Police have not confirmed that a flamethrower was used, though they told News12 New Jersey that the man legally owns weapons.

No shots were fired during the ordeal and no injuries were reported.

The Lyndhurst Police later thanked the community "for their long-standing patience and cooperation throughout this difficult situation."

They added that the area, Thomas Avenue between Chase Avenue and Eighth Street will "remain closed for the foreseeable future, however residents may now access their homes."

Officials have not identified the suspect or revealed why they were initially called to the residence.


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