Galloway Township police at Route 9 Wawa

Galloway Township police officers, including a K-9 unit, blocked off Route 9 early Thursday evening amid a standoff outside the Wawa on Route 9.

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Police subdued a Colorado man they say was “emotionally disturbed” after he reportedly crashed his car into the Wawa on Route 9 and brandished two large hunting knives in a standoff that lasted three hours Thursday.

According to a news release from the department, police arrived at the Wawa and found the man armed with two large knives. During the incident, they said the man placed his car in drive and allowed it to crash into the building.

No one was in the car at the time, and no one was injured, police said. The building sustained minor damage, police said.

After a three-hour standoff, police subdued the man and took him into custody without injuring himself or officers.

“The police showed amazing restraint and were able to subdue him without injuring him or having any officers injured,” said Mayor Anthony Coppola Jr., who was on the scene Thursday.

An officer communicated with the man until he was in custody even though the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office, an Egg Harbor Township police K-9 unit and Hamilton Township police were on the scene, Coppola said.

Once the man stopped standing and sat down, police came up from behind him, removed the knives and gained control over him, Coppola said.

Police did not release the man’s name but said he was from Colorado. They did not state in the release how he came to be in the area.

The man was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. All charges were placed on a warrant. He was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center for evaluation.

The Wawa customers and employees were evacuated, and Route 9, both northbound and southbound, was shut down for at least three hours from about 4 to 7 p.m.

Staff Writer Amanda Auble contributed to this report.

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