MERRICK, N.Y. (WPIX) -- A standoff between New York State police troopers and an armed motorist forced the closure of the Meadowbrook State Parkway south of Merrick Road for about three hours on Tuesday, PIX News has learned.
Police say the man, who was described as depressed, shot himself inside of his vehicle parked on the shoulder of the roadway, south of Merrick Road in Merrick.
The situation began to unfold just after 9 a.m. The man was seen holding a gun while behind the wheel of his parked car, officials say.
Authorities responded by closing the roadway between Merrick Road and the Jones Beach toll booths around 9:30 a.m.
Officers attempted to talk to the man, but unfortunately it did not prove to be helpful. Nearly two hours later, shots were reportedly fired inside the vehicle. Troopers then approached the vehicle and discovered the man dead.
The northbound roadway was reopened at 12:35 p.m.
It was first reported that the situation might involve a hostage. However, State police said that was false.
The victim was not immediately identified.