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Port Authority police tackle person, setting off chaos at bus terminal

Posted at 9:53 AM, Dec 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-21 18:48:25-05

MANHATTAN — Chaos erupted at the Port Authority Monday when at least half a dozen officers tackled an individual, and a stampede ensued after witnesses shouted the man was armed.

Onlookers first reported the incident through a swarm of tweets beginning around 9:15 a.m.

"Caught in a stampede in Port Authority. Cops and a soldier took down someone, purportedly with a gun," witness Dean Ross tweeted, along with a photo.

A dozen men in uniform are seen surrounding, and on top of an individual in Ross' photo.

"The normal crowd turned to panic when the incident began,” Ross said. "Commuters were running for escalator. One man fell and others rushed over or around him."

As officers wrestled the individual to the ground, an unknown person shouted "he has a gun, he has a gun," according to witnesses.

The allegation prompted the crowd to run, causing a pileup at an escalator and a domino effect in which more than a dozen people fell, a witness said. It was not immediately known if anyone was injured.

The Port Authority later quelled suspicions, saying the tackled person was unarmed and arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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