By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A three-hour standoff between police and a man threatening suicide ended peacefully Monday.
Pulaski Police Department Capt. Anthony Meredith said the incident took place in a wooded area behind Heritage Park off Dora Highway between the hours of 9:48 a.m. and 12:48 p.m. Monday. He said a person flagged down an officer and said a friend called him, threatening suicide and giving his “general location.”
Although the man’s name was released, The Southwest Times has chosen not to identify him due to the nature of the incident.
Police found the man seated on the ground, holding a semi-automatic pistol to his head and asking officers to stay back and leave him alone. Officers secured the area and started negotiating with the man, asking him to put down the gun and get some help.
After three hours of negotiating, officers distracted and subdued the man without injury to him or the officers, Meredith said. He noted Norfolk Southern was notified to stop trains from passing through the town until the matter was resolved due to the incident’s proximity to the railroad tracks.
The man was taken into custody on an Emergency Custody Order and was transported to LewisGale Hospital-Pulaski for evaluation.