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Authorities Peacefully Resolve Standoff With ‘Suicidal Subject’

OSWEGO – On Saturday (August 20), at about 6:20 p.m., Oswego Police officers, and other emergency services personnel responded to Lincoln Avenue in Oswego for a possible suicidal subject.

According to witnesses, the adult male subject had made statements that he was going to commit suicide and wanted the police to shoot him.

Originally, information was received that the subject had stated that he was going to shoot at the officers to force the police to shoot him.

However, there was no confirmation at that time of whether or not the subject actually had any weapons in his possession.

As officers arrived on scene they established a perimeter while alerting area neighbors of the situation both in person and by use of the Oswego County E911 Center’s automated call system.

Members of the Oswego City Police Department’s Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiators were called to the scene and, over the course of several hours, were in contact with the subject who repeatedly stated that he wanted to commit suicide, but would not cooperate with law enforcement on the scene.

At 12:50 a.m. today (August 21), after approximately 6 ½ hours of negotiating, the subject complied with law enforcement and voluntarily surrendered outside of his residence where he was taken into custody without further incident.

The subject was then transported to Oswego Hospital for a mental health evaluation.

A search of the residence was conducted, but no firearms were located.

Oswego Police were assisted on the scene by the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police, US Border Patrol, the Oswego City Fire Department and Mentor Ambulance.

With the patience and cooperation of all of the members of the involved agencies on the scene, the incident was brought to a peaceful resolution, Oswego Police Chief Tory DeCaire said.

Nationally, on average, almost 3,000 people commit suicide daily.

For every person who completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives.

The VOW Foundation will hold the Stride to Save Lives event next month.

Suicidal Thoughts Should Not be a Secret… Tell Someone…. Tell Anyone If you are feeling suicidal or know someone who is, call: 1-800-273-TALK(8255) – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 315-326-4100 – Oswego Hospital Behavioral Services Division.

For more information about Suicide Warning Signs and Local Mental Health Service Providers, go to www.oswegocounty.com/dss/mental.html or call (315) 963-5361.