In Fargo, a stunning display of deescalating a bad situation – MPR News

The news is full of stories of people in a mental health crisis ending up dead at the hands of people who were called to help. What happened in Roseville a few years ago stands as an example of making a bad situation worse.

A man, apparently suicidal, had barricaded himself in his apartment and was armed with a gun, KFGO reported. Residents were evacuated as police surrounded the apartment building.

He had made threats to harm himself, but had not threatened anyone else, according to police spokesperson Jessica Schindeldecker.

An officer on the scene tells us, the suspect is armed with a gun. They add police have been trying to make contact with him since around 7 Thursday night. Police tell us, they dont believe there is any threat to the public. The identity of the man inside is unknown.

The male has made no threats to harm anybody else and we have no reason to believe he would harm anyone else Our goal is to get him the help he needs, Schindeldecker said.

Officers on the scene have been patient – and so have the residents who were evacuated. They are sitting in their cars in the parking lots and streets around the apartment building.

“Officers, to this point, have been unsuccessful in communicating with the male,” the spokesperson announced around 11 p.m. “After consulting with the family, we believe the best way to deescalate the situation is for law enforcement to leave the scene. We pray the male finds peace throughout the night, and get the help he needs.”

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) Update (11:07 p.m.): Fargo police say theyre leaving the scene after unsuccessful attempts to communicate with the armed suicidal man.

Fargo established a crisis intervention team and provides officers with 40 hours of intensive training in mental health issues and, according to the city website, “personal interaction with people who have experienced and recovered from mental health crisis and with family members who have cared for loved ones with mental illness.”

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FARGO — After an hours-long effort to contact an armed suicidal man who barricaded himself in a south Fargo apartment failed, police decided the best course of action was to leave the scene late Thursday night, April 18.

Police spokesperson Jessica Schindeldecker said the man had made no threats to hurt anyone else and refused to respond to calls by police. After consulting with the mans family, police determined the best way to “de-escalate” the situation was to exit the location. Schindeldecker said the goal was to get the help the man needs.

"As to why we left last night, sometimes its important to not escalate a situation with a presence or force an encounter for the well being of all involved," police spokeswoman Jessica Schindeldecker told The Forum, adding that the man's family was comfortable with that decision.

 Officers responded to the call at the Cheyenne Estates apartments at 1033 43rd 1/2 Street South, shortly after 7 p.m. when the man made threats to harm himself with a gun. Residents had already been evacuated and officers set up a perimeter.

Officers were sent to the Cheyenne Estates apartment complex, 1033 43rd 1/2 St. S., at 7:06 p.m. Thursday on reports of a man with a gun who threatened to hurt himself.

FARGO, N.D. (KFGO) – Fargo police spent several hours Thursday night trying to reach a suicidal man barricaded inside an apartment and armed with a gun before they decided to leave the scene.

Fargo police announced shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday that efforts to contact the unnamed man had been called off.

"Officers, to this point, have been unsuccessful in communicating with the male," Schindeldecker said in a statement. "After consulting with the family, we believe the best way to deescalate the situation is for law enforcement to leave the scene. We pray the male finds peace throughout the night, and get the help he needs."

Clad in SWAT-like equipment, police officers with long rifles were seen stationed in the parking lot of the apartment complex. Some officers wore black helmets, and one officer was equipped with a riot shield.

Before officers arrived, property management evacuated the apartment building where the man was barricaded. Police believed he was alone in the unit, Schindeldecker said in a news conference Thursday night.

"The male has made no threats to harm anybody else, and we have no reason to believe he would harm anybody else," she said.

Schindeldecker said she did not know the man's age or why he barricaded himself in the building. There were no updates Friday morning on the man's condition, she said.


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