Collaborative Law Enforcement Effort Brings Peaceful End to Standoff With Suicidal Male

Collaborative Law Enforcement Effort Brings Peaceful End to Standoff With Suicidal Male

On April 18, 2015 at approximately 7PM, First District officers responded to Manufacturing Avenue for a suicidal male firing a handgun. Upon arrival, officers located the male, he was observed to point a handgun at himself and he did fire rounds into the air. The male then entered a business at 4775 Manufacturing Avenue and refused to exit.

The Cleveland Division of Police SWAT Unit responded for the barricaded male and the Aviation Unit responded to maintain an overview as a perimeter was established to ensure the male was contained and his whereabouts were known.

Throughout the night, Crisis Negotiators maintained telephone contact with the man, establishing rapport through open communication and gaining his trust. The Westshore Enforcement Bureau (WEB) and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office responded for additional support.

Today, at approximately 2:40PM, the 25 year old man was convinced by negotiators to exit the building and surrender to officers. He was taken into custody and conveyed by EMS to St. Vincent Charity Hospital for psychiatric evaluation. The First District Detective Bureau was on scene to gather information relative to possible criminal charges.

All of the officers and agencies involved are commended for a job well done. Through patience, perseverance and effective communication, all possible tragedies were avoided and the man involved will receive treatment.

A great job by all.