Valdosta Crisis Negotiation Team diffuses situation with mentally ill individual

| November 30, 2016

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VALDOSTA – The Valdosta Police Department Crisis Negotiation Team successfully diffused a tense situation Wednesday morning when a man threatened to kill himself and another person at an apartment complex.

At approximately 7:30 a.m., VPD officers and Emergency Medical Services personnel were dispatched to an apartment complex in the 1400 block of North St. Augustine Road in reference to a man threatening suicide, said VPD Lt. Adam Bembry.

“It was reported that a male subject was inside an apartment with another occupant and was not only threatening to kill himself, but was also threatening to kill the other occupant as well,” Bembry said. “It was reported that the male subject suffered from a mental illness and had possibly been consuming an illegal drug.”

Officers attempted to make contact with the man, but he reportedly refused and locked the apartment, preventing officers from entering.

“Specially trained crisis negotiators were dispatched out to the scene to attempt contact with the subject,” Bembry said. “Members of the crisis team, after making contact, were able to calm the subject down while taking him into custody without further incident.”

No injuries were reported during the incident, and the man was transported by EMS for treatment at a hospital.

“This situation could have ended very badly had it not been for their efforts of officers, detectives, and negotiators,” Bembry said. “With the growing number of mentally ill subjects and drug abusers in our society, de-escalation tactics have never been more important.”

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