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Dramatic Takedown on Brooklyn Rooftop as NYPD Responds to Report of Man With Weapon

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Heavily armed members of the NYPD's Emergency Services Unit swooped onto the roof of a Brooklyn building Tuesday and tackled a man who they had been told may have had a large weapon.

It turned out to be an Airsoft rifle, police later said — one of many weapons the man had on him at the time.

Cops responding to reports of the man on the Rogers Avenue rooftop in Crown Heights around 11 a.m. eventually encountered him at the top of the building. It's not clear why he was up there or if he was armed, but Chopper 4 captured the dramatic takedown about 30 minutes after the first call.

Chopper 4 was over the scene as heavily armed officers swooped onto a rooftop in Crown Heights and tackled a man after reports he had a weapon up there Tuesday morning.

No injuries were reported, but according to 911 calls, some people in the area who saw the man raced to hide under their desks. Video posted to the Citizen app showed a heavy law enforcement response in the area.

A number of police tactical vehicles were also seen blocking off intersections in the vicinity of the fray.

Police from the 77th precinct later tweeted a picture showing the arsenal of airsoft guns the man had on him at the time, including four real-looking assault rifles with multiple ammo clips and two fake handguns.

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