Suicidal Subject

Release Date/Time: 6/2/2014 1:04 PM

Incident: Suicidal Subject

Report #: 14-060052

Date: Monday, 6/2/2014

Time: 8:16 AM

Location: 2100 block of N. Main St

Stand-off with Suicidal Man Ends Peacefully June 2, 2014

 A 90-minute stand-off with a suicidal man armed with a knife ended peacefully this morning when the man surrendered to police.

 Police responded to the 2100 block of North Main Street at 8:16 AM after the girlfriend of a 23-year-old Hispanic male called 911 to say he planned to kill himself.

 Officers found him in a cemetery behind a small church, holding a roughly six-inch long knife to his throat. He pleaded with the officers to shoot him.

 On scene were members of the police department's Hostage Negotiation Team and its Crisis Intervention Team, which has special training in dealing with people suffering from mental illness or developmental disability.

 They were joined by a Crisis Team Supervisor from the Monterey County Behavioral Health Department.

 Meanwhile other officers secured the perimeter and managed traffic control.

 The man, whose name is not being released because he was not charged, has a long history of violent crime and weapons arrests, particularly involving knives.

 Throughout the standoff, he repeatedly threatened to hurt himself and asked police to shoot him, at times saying he would attack them to try to make them shoot. He also displayed other bizarre behavior, such as standing and bowing in four directions.

 After about 90 minutes of negotiation with a Hostage Negotiation Team member, he agreed to surrender. He threw the knife to one side and was taken into custody.

 The man not did threaten any member of the public or carry out his threats on the officers, and no force was used in the incident.

 He was uninjured and was taken to a local Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250