YEREVAN — A gunman surrendered to the Armenian police after reportedly bursting into an office building in Yerevan and opening fire there on Thursday.

Police officers rushed to the Erebuni Plaza Business Center and cordoned it off shortly after the gunfire. “The situation is under control,” a police spokesman told reporters outside the building.

In an ensuing written statement, the national police service said that its acting chief, Arman Sargsyan, personally negotiated with the gunman and that the latter handed his weapon and surrendered as a result. The unidentified man was then taken to a police station in Sargsyan’s car, according to the statement,

“No citizens were injured,” added the statement. “All circumstances of the incident are being clarified.”

The police said nothing about the man’s demands or motives.

Erebuni Plaza houses the offices of the United Nations, several private companies as well as the jailed former President Robert Kocharian and two media outlets sympathetic to him. Their employees were not allowed to leave the building during the two-hour standoff.

A journalist working for the Yerevan.Today news website said she saw an armed man and heard gunshots on the ground floor and immediately fled the scene. She said she and her colleagues were told to leave the building after the standoff.

The head of Kocharian’s office, Victor Soghomonian, told reporters that it was empty during the incident. He said he does not know whether the gunfire had anything to do with the ex-president, who is standing trial on coup charges strongly denied by him.

“I have no information now,” said Soghomonian.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was quick to react to the incident. “Any manifestation of violence, whatever the motive or justification, is unacceptable,” Pashinyan wrote on Facebook. “No to violence! Armenia without violence.”

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the latest updates from MassisPost.

You May Also Like

Tehran Hosts Iran-Armenia Joint Economic Commission Meeting

TEHRAN — The 12th session of Iran-Armenia joint economic commission was held…

Nagorno-Karabakh President Bako Sahakyan Visits Shoushi

SHOUSHI — President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) Bako Sahakyan visited the…

Voting Held in Armenian Presidential Election

YEREVAN — Armenians voted in a presidential election on Monday which was…

LA County Public Health Dept. COVID-19 Armenian Update- 5/5/2020

LOS ANGELES – With 58 new deaths in the past 24 hours,…