A suspect wanted in connection with a homicide reportedly barricaded themselves inside a Queens home on Monday morning.
NYPD emergency service units responded to the report around 11 a.m. on Jan. 4 at 26-29 98th St., in East Elmhurst, according to police.
First responders completely blocked off both entries into 98th Street on Astoria Boulevard with a convoy of cruisers and trucks, cordoning off and evacuating the area’s corner deli. Officers could be observed donning bulletproof vests, helmets, shields and assault rifles in order to confront the individual in question who was thought to be armed and dangerous.
NYPD officials and a small group of locals watched the standoff as some officers remained on the stoop of the residential building while other members of the department circled the area.
“I can’t believe this is happening here,” one onlooker said as an NYPD helicopter hovered overhead.
After about an hour into the tense situation, a unit entered the premises, swiftly moving inside with their weapons drawn. However, the person of interest was not on site, according to police sources. Soon after, residents were allowed back into the area while officers removed their blockade.
A police spokesperson could not confirm how the report of the suspect, who is still on the lam, first came in or what homicide the suspect is wanted for. The spokesperson also could not confirm whether the suspect was male or female.
Officers had a busy Monday morning with this incident occurring mere minutes after a bomb scare at Queens Place Mall, one unit even driving directly from one incident to another.
Additional reporting by Jacob Kaye.
This story was updated at 5:22 p.m., on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.