Man taken into custody after barricading himself inside Miami Beach condo

Police, SWAT team called to Cosmopolitan building after Army veteran threatens to commit suicide

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A man was taken into custody without incident Tuesday morning after barricading himself inside his home, police said.

Miami Beach police and its SWAT team were called to a condominium unit at the Cosmopolitan on Washington Avenue near First Street on Tuesday morning after reports of a disturbance between a man and his grandmother.

According to police, the grandmother left while her grandson barricaded himself inside the home.

Police said the woman told officers that the man used to be in the U.S. Army, had weapons and wanted to commit suicide.

Police said no one else was inside the unit with him. Meanwhile, nobody was permitted to leave or enter the building until authorities had the situation under control.

"I'm afraid to go in," resident Carol Kofter told Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden before she was allowed back inside the building. "For some reason, you can get in (through) the back, but I don't want to go in."

The standoff lasted about two hours. No injuries were reported.

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