Sunday, October 8, 2017

VA Counselor Helped Police End Standoff With Veteran Peacefully

Standoff with Springfield veteran, suffering from PTSD, ends peacefully

The Register Guard
Chelsea Defenbacher
October 8, 2017

SPRINGFIELD — A Department of Veterans Affairs counselor was rushed to a Springfield home Saturday by police to help a 23-year-old Army veteran in crisis, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

With the help of the counselor and a police negotiator, the man did not hurt himself and was voluntarily taken in for a police-directed mental health detention and evaluation.

The incident happened around 3 p.m. Friday, when a neighbor on 20th Street called police to report a man with a knife at a nearby home.

Springfield police arrived to find the veteran in his open garage, holding a large knife to his own throat and threatening suicide, police said.

Springfield police officers, one of whom is a trained negotiator, stood in the driveway and spoke to the man.

During that conversation, the man told police that he was a veteran with PTSD, police said.
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