2016-08-08 / Front Page

Dispatchers defuse situation with suicidal man in Saco

By TAMMY WELLS Senior Staff Writer


Saco police gather outside a Spring Street duplex Saturday afternoon after dispatchers convinced a man threatening suicide – with a young child present – to come out of the home. No one was injured. 
TAMMY WELLS/Journal Tribune Saco police gather outside a Spring Street duplex Saturday afternoon after dispatchers convinced a man threatening suicide – with a young child present – to come out of the home. No one was injured. TAMMY WELLS/Journal Tribune SACO — Emergency communications dispatchers are being credited with defusing a potentially dangerous situation on Spring Street Saturday afternoon when a despondent man threatened to kill himself with a gun inside a duplex while a child was present.

The man, whose name was not released, surrendered peacefully to police after 11/2 hours Saturday afternoon.

No one was injured, and the child was not threatened, said Saco Deputy Police Chief Corey Huntress. The man was taken to the hospital.

“It ended in a good way,” said Huntress.

The deputy police chief said charges are pending as the investigation continues.

There was a significant police presence outside the duplex. Police officers from Saco, Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach responded to 80 Spring St. shortly after the man called 911 at 1:05 p.m.

Huntress said dispatchers were able to successfully talk the man into going outside, and he emerged unarmed at 2:26 p.m.

The young child was found unharmed and turned over to family members.

Police are not releasing the gender and age of the child. Huntress said police believe the man and the child are family members.

The area, near the rear exit of Saco Valley Shopping Center, was cordoned off for safety reasons for a period of time.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or twells@journaltribune.com.

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