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Deadlock at Panera Bread in the neighborhood of Princeton University, ends after gunman fatally shot by police, officials say

The police in Princeton, N. J. responded to reports of an armed man at Panera Bread, near Princeton University.

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An armed man involved in a five-hour stand-off at a Panera Bread near Princeton University in New Jersey on Tuesday was fatally shot by the police, the attorney-general’s office said.

The suspect, whose name was not released, was shot just before 3 hours after the attempts of the police to negotiate with him were unsuccessful, officials said.

CLEAR ALL: NJ Attorney General reports shooter is dead, stalemate. https://t.co/fwtPw6OSzk

— Princeton University (@Princeton) March 20, 2018

The individual “was pronounced dead at the scene,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement, and no one else was reportedly injured during the incident.

It was not clear what led to the conflict that began around 10 a.m. Officials said they are investigating.

Princeton police said the unknown man, armed with a gun reportedly entered the chain eatery on Nassau Street, the issue of threats. Staff and customers fled as the police swarmed the location.

The police said just after 2 hours that the situation was recorded and they continued to ask residents to stay away from the neighborhood of the Ivy League campus of the university.

The police Nick Sutter previously told Planet Princeton that authorities tried to negotiate with the shooter. The man could be heard on the police scanner say: “nobody comes through those doors.”

Sutter said at the time that the police don’t know if anyone else was still in the building. He said that the situation was contained.

Armed officers were held outside the restaurant with their weapons drawn while the negotiations continued.

The local newspaper reported the police believed they found the man’s vehicle – a Ford Focus with Pennsylvania license plates.

.@PrincetonPolice were called to the Panera restaurant on Nassau Street across from the #PrincetonU campus, and they have an armed man surrounded in the building. https://t.co/8LSRzYjVxQ

— Princeton University (@Princeton) March 20, 2018

The university sent an alert to students and teachers. On its website, the officials said two nearby campus buildings – Henry House and Depart Caldwell House were evacuated.

“It is not known whether the shooter has a connection to the University,” the university said. “The classes are not in session, because this is the week of spring break.”

A second notification was sent to the Princeton University community to say that there is a shelter-in-place and shot was sent as a mistake.

Some members of the University community receive a PTENS call that wrong said shots had been reported and a shelter-in-place order is issued. NO SHOTS WERE FIRED; THERE IS NO SHELTER-IN-PLACE order. Continue to avoid the area. https://t.co/nibdtowI2m

— Princeton University (@Princeton) March 20, 2018

“Some members of the University community receive a PTENS call that wrong said shots had been reported and a shelter-in-place order is issued,” the university tweeted. “NO SHOTS WERE FIRED; THERE IS NO SHELTER-IN-PLACE order. Continue to avoid the area.”

Princeton public schools were the shelter in connection with the incident.

“PHS is the monitoring of the situation in the city and we are in” shelter-in-place ” status as a precaution,” Gary Snyder, rector at the university of Princeton high School, tweeted. “‘Shelter in place’ keeps us safe indoors, instruction can stay on standby for updates.”

PHS is the monitoring of the situation in the city and we are in the “shelter-in-place” status as a precaution. “Shelter in place” keeps us safe indoors, instruction can continue, and on stand-by for updates.

— Gary Snyder (@PHS_Snyder) 20 March 2018

Tom Morrison, a retired sheriff deputy of Kern County, California, told NJ.com he was in a Starbucks in the neighborhood on Nassau Street when he saw the police arrive.

“I ran outside to get some of the people who came to look behind the perimeter,” Morrison said. “The police was with operational efficiency. They were setting up the perimeter pretty quickly.”

Fox News’ Elizabeth Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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