One person died Thursday during a situation on Burwell Street that saw authorities institute a precautionary lockdown of Little Falls Hospital, according to the Little Falls Police Department.

Police said authorities were called at 7:15 p.m. Thursday for a welfare check of an individual who resided on Burwell Street. Upon arrival, officers requested additional resources after they "made observations that caused concern for officer safety," according to information released Friday.

Responders included emergency response teams from Herkimer and Mohawk; the New York State Police and the Little Falls Fire Department. As the situation progressed, representatives from the Herkimer County Sheriff's Office and the Herkimer County District Attorney's Office also responded to the scene.

As part of the response, a precautionary lockdown was instituted at the Little Falls Hospital in accordance to protocol due to the proximity of the situation to the facility, according to the police department. The lockdown was precautionary and not in response to an active shooter, police said.

“This response set up a perimeter and took steps to ensure the safety of the neighbors in the area affected,” police said in the statement.

The situation concluded when the subject of the welfare check was found dead, police said. The streets were reopened and the hospital lockdown was lifted about three hours later at 10:30 p.m.

No additional information will be released about this individual out of respect for that person and their family and friends, according to police.

Police did comment on how people exacerbated the situation by spreading "rumors and misinformation" through social media. In a statement, Little Falls Police Chief Ronald Petrie encouraged people to be thoughtful with social media.

“The number of rumors and misinformation distributed on social media at a very quick pace continues to cause problems for emergency service professionals during events such as this,” Little Falls Police Chief Ronald Petrie said in a statement. “The distraction from the important task at hand to address the rumors, along with additional problems caused by the misinformation, takes resources away from the real issues being dealt with."