Man on Florida Turnpike in police custody

November 11, 2013 

Scene at the southbound exit Florida Turnpike ramp near I-595 where an armed man in a white van in is threatening to kill himself as law enforcement attempt to negotiate with him on Monday, November 11, 2013. HECTOR GABINO / EL NUEVO HERALD

Monday morning's commute for Broward County residents turned into a nightmare as law enforcement negotiated with an armed man threatening to kill himself on the southbound exit Florida Turnpike ramp near I-595.

About three hours into talks with police, negotiations ended peacefully as the man was taken into custody, WFOR Channel 4 reported.

Police had earlier closed both I-595 and the Turnpike, causing headaches for the early morning commute on Veterans Day.

Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky said negotiators were dealing with the man whose weapon appeared to be leaning against a white van. CBS Miami reported the man was holding up a sign that read: "HIPPOCRATE TRAITORS." A rifle leaning against the van had an American flag on it.

Davie police and the Broward County Sheriff's SWAT team assisted.

Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that at one point the man barricaded himself in the van.

Though law enforcement was in contact, "We really can't see him. He's in the van," said Engle.

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