Standoff at Cornwall hotel

Plain clothes officers stand behind their car outside the Howard Johnson on Brookdale Ave. on Aug. 12, 2015 as they take part in dealing with a barricaded person. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL — Streets around a Cornwall hotel are shut down as police try to negotiate with a person who is potentially armed.

Officers shut down Brookdale Avenue between Ninth and Thirteenth Street just after 10 p.m.

The Cornwall Police Emergency Response Team has been on scene since 5:30 p.m. at the Howard Johnson on Brookdale Avenue.

Cornwall Newswatch has learned that one, possibly two people, were believed to be armed. A source says there’s a belief from authorities the suspects may have guns.

However Cornwall police Const. Dan Cloutier would neither confirm nor deny that guns are involved.

Cloutier added that appropriate resources have been called in to deal with the situation.

Shortly after Brookdale was shut down, members of CERT could be heard on a bullhorn shouting “Unit xxx, this is the Cornwall Police Emergency Response Team. Answer the phone.” The request went out about six times.

Cornwall police tweeted that the area was contained because they are concerned for the “individual(s) well being.”

Rosemount Avenue has been closed to traffic and several parking areas on Brookdale Avenue are closed. Traffic on Brookdale Avenue is not affected.

CNW is on scene. Follow for updates on Twitter @cwlnewswatch on this developing story.

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