Man pacing streets with shotgun outside UN building

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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.

The unnamed man, who is in his 60s, was pacing on First Avenue between East 42nd and 45th streets late Thursday morning and was believed to be suicidal, cops said.

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.

The man was taken into custody around 1:45 p.m., police said. 

A man with a shotgun paces outside the United Nations building in Manhattan
A man with a shotgun paces outside the UN building on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021.
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the scene outside the United Nations building as a man paced with a shotgun
The scene at the UN building on Thursday as the NYPD responds to an apparently suicidal man.
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A man with a shotgun paces outside the United Nations building in Manhattan
An unnamed man in this 60s paces outside the UN building.
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A man with a shotgun paces outside the United Nations building in Manhattan
The man appeared to be holding a shotgun to his chin.
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The United Nations building exterior
The United Nations building on First Avenue between East 42nd and 45th streets in Manhattan.
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Police sources believe the man is from Pennsylvania and had traveled to the city with a pair of suspicious backpacks, which were spotted at the scene.

He allegedly told hostage negotiators he was upset over environmental issues, sources said. 

Cops shut down roads surrounding the UN complex, which was also placed on lockdown.

Additional reporting by Elizabeth Rosner

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