Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

CARMEL – The Carmel Police Department and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department report that on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, just before 6:30 p.m., an Officer from the Carmel Police Department responded to a residence on Bullet Hole Road in Mahopac to perform a welfare check on a 20-year-old male who was possibly suicidal.

When the Officer first arrived and attempted to speak with the male, he became highly agitated.

The young man informed the Officer that he would not go back to the hospital and that he would get a knife and stab whoever tried taking him to the hospital. The subject then fled to his bedroom where he barricaded himself and threatened to burn the house down and stab any officer who attempted to gain access, said authorities.

Additional officers from the Carmel Police Department, as well as Deputies from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, responded to the scene and set up a safety perimeter around the house.

Additionally, the Putnam County Emergency Response Team (ERT) was activated and responded to the residence, along with the Putnam County Hostage Negotiation Team. The Putnam County ERT and Hostage Negotiation Teams are specialized interdepartmental units consisting of members from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Carmel Police Department and, the Kent Police Department.

The Emergency Response Team members surrounded the house while the Hostage Negotiation Team attempted to contact the subject who was alone and still barricaded inside his bedroom.

The Hostage Negotiation Team was able to make phone contact with the young man, while the ERT members maintained their position outside the residence.

Authorities said the lead negotiator spoke with the young man for approximately one hour and was able to persuade him to surrender peacefully to the Emergency Response Team members who were outside the residence.

The male was then transported by members of the Carmel Police Department to an area hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. No injuries were reported to civilians or law enforcement members.

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