Man Transported to Local Hospital After Public Suicide Attempt
Valley Stream Apartment man now in custody after stand-off with tactical response team.
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UPDATE 7:45 p.m.
Detective Sergeant John Ciarlello of Hatfield Township Police said Hatfield Township Police responded to a call of an armed subject threatening suicide at 2:56 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.
Hatfield Township officers made contact with the subject and confirmed he was armed with a handgun, Ciarlello said. The subject was directed to exit and surrender to police, but he refused.
Ciarlello said when the subject refused to surrender, the North Penn Tactical Response Team was activated and responded to the scene. A command center was set up at the former J.L. Freed location at Broad Street and Cowpath Road.
Neighbors were evacuated from their apartments while police continued communication with the subject, Ciarlello said.
The tactical team entered the apartment at 5:04 p.m. and took custody of the subject, Ciarlello said.
The subject was taken to Lansdale Hospital for medical treatment and will undergo a mental health evaluation, police said.
Hatfield Township Police were assisted at the scene by Montgomery Township Police, Lansdale Police, Upper Gwynedd Township Police, Montgomery County Tactical Dispatch Team and Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lansdale.
UPDATE 5:12 p.m.: Multiple neighbors at the scene say the man that is now being taken into custody by medical crews is known as "Bob." The sources say that Bob works at the local Giant grocery store.
He resided in the R Building, where he staged his attempted suicide and stand-off with local police and the North Penn Tactical Response Team.
UPDATE 5:03 p.m.: According to radio reports, the man is now in custody of the tactical team. Reports indicate that the apartment, called "Apartment Six" during discussion, is "cleared and under control" at this time.
A medical unit was called in to the apartment to assist at the scene. It is currently unclear why assistance is needed.
UPDATE 5:02 p.m.: The subject in question has temporarily left his balcony. He is no longer visible from the ground.
Radio reports indicate he is using the restroom in his apartment.
UPDATE 4:44 p.m.: A Montgomery Township Police detective has arrived on the scene. He said he is currently in search of the maintenance man for the property.
Currently, police report that he has one hand on his phone and a second on his cigarette and lighter. The tactical team is keeping a close, visual on the subject.
UPDATE 4:38 p.m.: The suspect, who is on a second-floor apartment in either R or Q building of Valley Stream Apartments, is now on the phone speaking with what is believed to be a negotiator.
The tactical team has pulled up the Bearcat tank vehicle up behind the apartment building. Units began trying to reach the man on the balcony by yelling up to him, and seem now to be using a telephone.
Radio reports indicate he has put down the handgun in order to speak with police.
UPDATE 4:25 p.m.: A Patch reporter has arrived at the scene and reports that he can see a mid-aged, white male standing on the back balcony of his apartment in the R Building of Valley Stream Apartment complex. He is currently holding a gun to his head and smoking a cigarette.
The middle aged, balding man is being monitored by North Penn Tactical team, as well as Montgomery and Hatfield police. Police are evacuating nearby neighbors and asking person in the vicinity to leave the area immediately.
The tactical team has formed a post at a brick building between the apartments in order to control the scene.
Original post is below:
The North Penn Tactical Response Team is en route to 2100 N. Line St., Lansdale (in Hatfield Township) according to Montgomery County Public Safety Radio, for a call of a suicidal subject, considered armed and dangerous. The team is to join Montgomery Township Police and Hatfield Police at the scene to assist in public safety and assess the situation.
Radio reports say that the subject is the owner of at least a rifle and a .22 Beretta handgun. The subject may have more weapons, but that has yet to be determined.
A nearby Valley Stream Apartments building is being evacuated at this hour, to keep its residents safe.
A Patch reporter is en route to the scene. More information will be provided as it is made available.