On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Fort Myers Police Department received a call of a suicidal male subject at 1538 Brookhill Drive. The caller further advised the male was armed with a handgun and had put the gun to his mouth several times. Officers arrived on scene and made contact with the male who was still in possession of the firearm. The male entered the home with his infant child and refused to talk to police. Shortly after, officers were able to communicate with the male and convinced him to discard the firearm. The male complied and surrendered the firearm to the officers but remained inside the residence with the child. Officers continued positive communication with the male and eventually convinced him to exit the residence and surrender peacefully. At 8:59 a.m., the male exited the residence and handed the child over to officers. He then surrendered to police without incident. The male was transported to a mental health facility for evaluation and treatment.
At no time did the male threaten to do any harm to the child, law enforcement or anyone other than himself.
“As one can imagine, this was an extremely sensitive situation that could have resulted in a much worse outcome. Our officers remained professional and used their training to bring this incident to a peaceful conclusion.” Lt. Jay Rodriguez.
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