Police shut down Brooklyn Bridge after man climbs to the top

The man voluntarily surrendered and will be taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

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By Minyvonne Burke

The Brooklyn Bridge was closed in both directions Friday afternoon after a man climbed to the top, according to New York authorities.

The incident began around noon, according to NBC New York. By 3:30 p.m., rescuers had managed to engage the man in dialogue and he "voluntarily surrendered," a police spokesperson said.

Harry J. Wedin, chief of special operations with the New York City Police Department, said the man will be taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

In an earlier tweet, Wedin said that the man was threatening to jump from the bridge. The agency's Emergency Service Unit had been attempting to reach the man to rescue him, Wedin said.

"Due to police activity, all lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge are closed in both directions," a tweet from the police department read.