Saturday, December 4, 2021

TROUBLE IN NY: Man With Shotg*n Outside UN Taken into Custody After Hours-Long Standoff

The United Nations building on First Avenue between East 42nd and 45th streets in Manhattan. - Robert Miller

Source: NY Post

Published: December 2, 2021

By: Joe Marino, Elizabeth Rosner and Craig McCarthy

A standoff between a suicidal man armed with a shotgun and cops outside the United Nations building in Manhattan ended after nearly three hours Thursday, police said.

William Tingler, 65, of Ormand Beach, Fla. was slapped with charges of criminal possession of a weapon, making terroristic threats, menacing, reckless endangerment and obstruction, police sources said.

He was seen pacing on First Avenue between East 42nd and 45th streets late Thursday morning, pointing the gun at himself and refusing to drop it, sources said. When he was arrested, cops found him in possession of a “manifesto,” sources added.

Disturbing photos from the scene show the man, wearing a red jacket and blue jeans, pointing the firearm under his chin as cops tried to talk him down.

Tingler was taken into custody around 1:45 p.m. He was brought to a nearby hospital for psychological evaluation, police said. 

A man with a shotgun paces outside the UN building on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. - Robert Miller

The scene at the UN building on Thursday as the NYPD responds to an apparently suicidal man. - Robert Miller

An unnamed man in this 60s paces outside the UN building. - Robert Miller

The United Nations building on First Avenue between East 42nd and 45th streets in Manhattan. - Robert Miller

He never pointed the shogun, which had a single round in it, at officers, police officials said. 

Police officials believe Tingler had traveled from Florida to the city on Wednesday and checked into the Millennium Hotel on 44th Street. He walked over to the UN building Thursday morning with a pair of suspicious backpacks and the shotgun.

First Deputy Commissioner Ben Tucker said the man had a stack of papers he wanted someone in the United Nations to review.

The man holds up documents he wanted delivered to UN officials, according to police. - BRIGITTE STELZER

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