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A man surrendered to police after firing a gun into the air and then threatened to shoot himself near a Gilbert hospital Thursday afternoon.

Gilbert Police were called to an area near Banner Gateway Medical Center on Higley Road just south of the U.S. 60 freeway in response to a report of a man with a gun, said Sgt. Darrell Krueger, a department spokesman.

Krueger said there was never an active shooter at the hospital, but officers did locate a man with a handgun nearby.

“When confronted, he was initially compliant,” Krueger said. “He did fire a round in the air, not at anybody or at himself, and then made some suicidal motions,” Krueger said.

The man eventually surrendered as police negotiated with him. Nobody was injured, Krueger said.

Information on possible charges the man may face was not immediately available.

Police closed U.S. Highway 60 freeway ramps and part of Higley Road during the incident. Traffic resumed at about 2:20 p.m.

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