According to French newspaper Liberation the "unbalanced" man, who is believed to have been armed with a Kalashnikov and handgun, had no connection to the Charlie Hebdo attacks last week, in which 17 people were killed.
He was not known to authorities and local reports said he had spoken "of heartbreak".
Although the incident was brought to a relatively quick, and thankfully non-violent end, it has come at a time when Paris is already on edge. The city has been on high alert since last week's dual terrorist incidents.
Police appear to have reacted quickly to this latest incident, with eyewitnesses reporting a large number of emergency services on hand.
#Breaking Colombes Hostage taker has Kalashnikov and handgun - TF1 says— Russian Market (@russian_market) January 16, 2015
⚠ vaste opération de police boulevard Charles de Gaulle à Colombes pic.twitter.com/YrvXKh7ZXp— Florian Berenson (@Florian_Beren) January 16, 2015
Des renforts sont arrivés il y a quelques minutes. pic.twitter.com/3KuJJ61guW— Dario Spagnolo (@dariospagnolo) January 16, 2015
Really shows how far we've fallen when an armed hostage taking is "reassuring" because it's NOT terror related. #Colombes— Jonathan Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 16, 2015