That is, if you define “metropolitan area” as “633 people in a cow-town in upstate New York.”
It appears that a guy took his mother and father-in-law hostage in Bovina, NY, before eventually letting them go. The suspect refused to come out of the home, causing them to roll everyone shy of the National Guard, and putting the entire town on lockdown.
No official details have been released about the man or why he was being pursued. Residents and witnesses tell the Watershed Post that large numbers of law enforcement officials were visible on the ground and in helicopters in Bovina throughout the day today, and that drivers and residents were stopped and warned not to pick up hitchhikers. Roads remain closed near the house, according to the dispatchers.
At 2pm, the Delaware County Office of Emergency Management issued instructions to all Bovina residents via NY Alert to “remain indoors and lock all doors.”
Another NY-Alert was issued at at 2:26pm asking Bovina residents to remain inside until further notice.
The instructions to Bovina residents to remain indoors are still in effect as of 6:30pm this evening.
The suspect later committed suicide, allowing the 10th Mountain Division to stand down.
Keep it “Boston Strong,” folks.