The barricades have just been removed after Escanaba Public Safety declared a ”police emergency” in the downtown area this afternoon.

We have a Local 3 News crew at the scene where police kept people out of the 1200 block of Ludington and 1st Avenue north area.

A number of heavily armed police officers have been positioned in the ‘police only zone’ with weapons trained on one business where a reported armed robbery suspect was holed up.

Just about an hour ago, authorities stormed the business where the suspect was believed to be hiding in a basement.

There’s no word on a description of a suspect, or exactly what happened, but area residents say it all started around two this afternoon with the reported armed robbery of a drug store.

Stay tuned to Local 3 News and for more on this developing story.