A man who entered a Princeton Panera Bread with a gun Tuesday morning was shot dead by police after a five-hour standoff, the Attorney General's office said. Watch video

A man who entered a Princeton Panera Bread with a gun Tuesday morning was shot dead by police after a five-hour standoff, the Attorney General’s office said.

Peter Aseltine, a spokesman for the office, said that police “fatally shot a man who entered a restaurant with a gun, leading to a lengthy standoff with officers.”

He did not identify the agency of the officer or officers who fired their weapons. He said the Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team is conducting the investigation.

NBC reported that a state police officer fired a weapon. 

Negotiators in a large contingent of police talked with the man beginning shortly after he entered the Panera Bread on Nassau Street at 10 a.m. They remained outside throughout the day. Panera employees and customers fled through a back entrance early in the day, officials said.

Aseltine said a preliminary investigation shows that “negotiators attempted unsuccessfully to get the suspect to surrender peacefully. The standoff ended shortly before 3 p.m. when the suspect was fatally shot by police.”

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and his name was not released.

No other injuries were reported. 

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