State police: Eastbound Thruway closed due to 'active situation'

'Emotionally disturbed person' who caused NYS Thruway to shut down taken to hospital

'Emotionally disturbed person' who caused NYS Thruway to shut down taken to hospital

An armed Erie County man surrendered peacefully and is now in custody following lengthy negotiations and a short police pursuit that forced the closure of a portion of the New York State Thruway Monday afternoon, causing hours of traffic delays and at least one accident in the city of Batavia.

Spike strips were set up at the Batavia exit, but it is unclear if they were deployed. The Thruway is closed westbound at the Le Roy exit and eastbound at the Batavia exit. A trooper is blocking westbound I-90; and eastbound a number of emergency vehicles are on scene and a helicopter is hovering overhead. Vehicles are being turned around at the U-turn.

Daily News Managing Editor John Anderson was reporting from off the Thruway earlier that 20 to 30 state police vehicles were at the scene or heading there, with SWAT vehicles headed there as well. The man wanted police officers to shoot him, the online report said.

"If you're getting on the Thruway, don't get on the Thruway anywhere near Batavia or Pembroke heading toward Rochester", Anderson said.

A Thruway Authority employee told The Daily News that the man had a gun and was involved in the standoff.

UPDATE 3:13 p.m.: Now the eastbound Thruway is closed at the Pembroke exit.

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