A tense standoff ended peacefully after a New Jersey man used a flamethrower against police officers. Composite by Coffee or Die Magazine.
A New Jersey man is in police custody after barricading himself in his home and firing a flamethrower at law enforcement in a heated 21-hour standoff.
Robert Condit, 51, has been charged with nine counts of possession of prohibited weapons and ammunition, obstruction of the law, and aggravated assault, among other counts, according to criminal records in Superior Court in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Condit opened fire with a flamethrower at police after officers arrived at his Lyndhurst residence with a court-ordered warrant to seize his firearms at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3. A 21-hour standoff with local and federal law enforcement ensued, with negotiations persisting through the night. Nearby neighbors were evacuated for their safety.
The standoff came to a peaceful resolution early Wednesday afternoon, with no reported injuries to Condit or law enforcement. Police said Condit did not have a criminal history and was transported to a nearby medical facility for a mental health evaluation following the incident.
You can watch footage of Condit allegedly firing a flamethrower at police above.
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