NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department was forced to shut down a part a St. Charles Avenue Saturday after a man climbed a flag pole in front of Gallier Hall and refused to come down.
According to our partners at Nola.com|The Times-Picayune, NOPD and EMS responded to a disturbance call around 9:15 a.m.
When first responders arrived at the scene, they found a man they believe was suffering from a mental illness who was threatening to either hang himself or jump.
St. Charles was shut down to pedestrians and vehicles while officers worked to talk the man down. A streetcar was also stranded at the intersection of St. Charles and Poydras during the incident.
The standoff with police ended around 1 p.m. when the man climbed down a ladder that was extended to him by the New Orleans Fire Department.