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Friday, September 30, 2016

Decatur Daily, Police say wellbeing of man in standoff a concern; mental evaluation underway By Michael Wetzel Staff Writer Updated Sep 29, 2016

Blogger comments:  Policing done right.  Congratulations to the Decatur PD for a professional and compassionate operation.  Your officers exhibited control of a difficult operation with no life lost.  This kind of structured environment and concern for all involved builds community character and strengths.   Priorities first.  Investigation second.

A man who barricaded himself in a Southeast Decatur home during a standoff with police Tuesday afternoon and later surrendered is undergoing a mental evaluation, authorities said Wednesday.
Decatur Police Lt. Proncey Robertson said the man was taken to Decatur Morgan Hospital West Campus for tests. Robertson said the man’s identity was not released because no charges have been filed. He said police are still investigating the incident.
“At this time, we are more concerned about the welfare and safety of the suspect than we are of filing criminal charges,” Robertson said Wednesday. “We’ve issued a search warrant, and criminal charges are still possible.”
At 1:36 p.m. Tuesday, 911 received a call from a woman about a man with a gun threatening her in the 2100 block of Parkplace Street Southeast.
The police tactical unit responded to the scene and negotiated with the male suspect over the phone for more than 3½ hours. At 5:10 p.m., police said the man surrendered.
“No shots were fired in the standoff,” Robertson said.
More than a dozen officers were on the scene at the time of the arrest.
Police blocked traffic in the 2100 block of Parkplace, beginning at Waterford Avenue Southeast. Police allowed nearby residents to leave but not to enter the area during the standoff.
Robertson said two nearby neighbors were evacuated for their safety.
Wimbreth Howard, who lives with her husband a few houses from the standoff scene, said she was impressed with the Police Department's handling of the incident.
"I could not be more proud of our Police Department," she said. "It gave me goose bumps to see the SWAT officers walking in formation in front of the houses. They came in and took care of our neighborhood."
Howard said the police kept the neighbors informed and out of harm's way.
"They let people know they should stay inside until it was over," she said.
Decatur Fire and Rescue and Decatur EMS had a fire truck and ambulance stationed about a block from the scene throughout the standoff.
256-340-2442 or mike.wetzel@decaturdaily.com. Twitter @DD_Wetzel.

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