SO: 20-hour stand-off ends; man threatening suicide surrenders
Highlands Today staff report
Published: February 4, 2014
Updated: February 4, 2014 at 04:03 PM
AVON PARK - After almost 20 hours of negotiation, a man who threatened suicide and would not come out of his home surrendered to law enforcement at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday, a news release adds. The man was unharmed and has been taken to a medical facility for evaluation. At 7 p.m. Monday, Central Dispatch received a domestic disturbance call "during which one of the subjects was said to be suicidal," authorities said. Units from the Highlands County Sheriff's Office Crisis Negotiation Team, the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit, Crime Suppression Team, Road Patrol and other deputies secured the area in the Avon Park Lakes subdivision to coax the man out, the news release states.
There were no other people in the house during the stand-off and there were no evacuations required in the neighborhood. Sheriff's Maj. David Paeplow complimented all the units who responded: "We are very happy that this crisis came to a peaceful conclusion. Our deputies did a great job of staying attuned to the situation over a very long negotiation process. We are extremely pleased at the outcome here."