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Update: Man Threatening Suicide 'Passes Out,' SWAT Rushes In

The Douglasville Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Department have a house in Tributary surrounded. The man in the house called 911 earlier today is threatening to kill himself.

Update 4:13 p.m.

The man threatening suicide was taken to Douglas Hospital moments ago, after passing out on his back porch and being overtaken by the SWAT Team, according to Deputy Gary Sparks, Douglasville Police.

"Appearantly he had been drinking and was a little intoxicated," Sparks said. "He somewhat passed out and the SWAT Team went to go take him."

The man stated at one point he was a former Marine or had been in the military, Sparks said.

"I'm happy we resolved the situation peacefully," he said. "That's what the SWAT Team is for, to resolve situations in a peaceful manner. That's their mission. They work well with the negotiators and other elements as far as communications is concerned."

Sparks said the reason he was taken to the hospital was to be evaluated by medical personnel.

"He needs help," he said. "He needs to be evaluated by mental personnel."

Sparks said the gun was confiscated for the man's safety.

"Our major concern right now is everyone's safety," he said. "We're not looking at any charges."

Update 3:08 p.m.

The Douglasville Police SWAT team is in negotiations with the man in the house, who police have confirmed has a handgun, according to Deputy Gary Sparks, Douglasville Police.

His wife is also outside the house aiding in negotiations, according to Sparks. "We're talking to him, hoping to come to a resolution where no one gets hurt," he said.

Sparks said the man has shared a bit of why he is considering suicide.

"He said there's a lot of things not going on in life," Sparks said is the reason he is giving negotiators. "He's been down on his life situation."

Police have increased the perimeter around the house and are not letting even most Tributary residents in the area.

"We need people to stay away until we can get him the help he needs," Sparks said. "We want to make sure no one get hurt."

Original Story:

The Douglasville Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Department have a house in Tributary surrounded. The man in the house called 911 earlier today is threatening to kill himself, according to Maj. Greg Graff, Douglasville Police.

Buddy Wainwright, a neighbor, said police started arriving shorlty before noon and that the man in question has a gun.

At least 10 police and sheriff's vehicles are currently blocking off every street and alley that surrounds the house, on Cunningham Street.

Return to Douglasville Patch as more details are learned.

Christopher Lee Raley October 26, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Thank God this didn't get out of control. Vets everywhere are fighting for their lives.
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