Sunday, 19 May 2024

Deputies intervene as man threatens suicide

KELSEYVILLE – Lake County Sheriff's deputies intervened in an apparent suicide attempt Wednesday afternoon, tasering a man to prevent him from shooting himself.


Capt. James Bauman of the Lake County Sheriff's Office said deputies were dispatched to a home on Skyline Drive at about 4:20 p.m. on the report of a suicidal subject.


Bauman said a 64-year-old man who has been very ill for some time – and has reportedly been speaking about suicide for several months – had taken one of his pistols outside of his home and was threatening to kill himself.


Several sheriff's units responded to the address, where deputies found the man sitting in his backyard with the gun, according to Bauman.


Bauman said a perimeter was formed around the property to keep the man confined to his yard while deputies tried to talk the man into surrendering the weapon.


After nearly an hour and a half of negotiations with the man, deputies were able to work their way into a position of advantage. Bauman said they deployed their tasers to neutralize the immediate threat of the situation, and subdued the man without anyone being injured.


The man was subsequently transported to Sutter Lakeside Hospital, where he was medically cleared and is pending a mental health evaluation, said Bauman.


Bauman added that no criminal charges will be filed against the man as a result of the incident.


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