Saturday, March 28, 2015

Murder Suicide

Police responded to a report of a man threatening to kill his wife.  He also threatened suicide.  People who threaten to kill themselves or kill others need to be taken seriously.  You really can't know how serious they are until you are placed in danger.

If you respond to a call of a suicidal man or a man threatening to kill a family member, assume he is serious.  Have dispatch ask if there are weapons in the house, and what kind.  Ask if the suspect has the weapons and if he has made any attempts both recently and ever in the past.

Don't walk up to the house.  Contact them by telephone and have them come out of the house.  Treat them like a barricaded suspect if they won't exit.  People who make threats sometimes carry them out and sometimes don't.  You can't afford to take chances that they won't; that's what the SGT Says.

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