By Associated Press - Sunday, March 14, 2021

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - A man who exchanged gunfire with police officers and then barricaded himself inside his house in Yonkers was found dead several hours later, police said.

The Journal News reports that the standoff started shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday after officers arrived at the man’s home for a wellness check.

The man, who was not identified, “told the officers that he had a gun and he wanted to take them with him,” Deputy Chief Joseph Monaco said. Emergency service unit officers were called to the home and tried to talk to the man.

“He then came to the front door, produced what appeared to be a rifle and began shooting at the police officers at the scene,” Monaco said.

The officers returned fire until the man went back inside, police said. No officers were injured.

The area around the man’s house on Livngston Avenue was blocked off all day, and residents within a one-block radius were told to stay away from doors and windows until police cleared the scene.

Emergency service officers finally entered the house shortly before 8 p.m. and found the man dead, the police department said on Twitter.

Monaco said police don’t know who made the original call to conduct a welfare check.

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