Watertown Police closed down a block in East Watertown after receiving a call about a possible hostage situation, but the call ended up being a false alarm.
A man called police around noon Thursday and said he saw a man in an apartment on Adams Street with a gun, and thought the man was holding someone hostage, said Watertown Police Lt. James O’Connor.
As police continued to speak with the man, however, the story began falling apart, said Interim Police Chief Ray Dupuis.
“The more he talked, the more it changed,” Dupuis said.
When police finally entered the apartment, they found that it was empty.
“The man who was supposed to be in there was in Worcester,” O’Connor said.
Watertown Police said the caller had mental health issues.
Police shut down Adams Street, a street between Mt. Auburn Street and Dexter Avenue from about 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Helicopters in the area were from news stations.