Incident with a distressed individual ends peacefully

Johnstown Police officers, as well as Gloversville city police, Fulton County Sheriff deputies and state police, were attempting to get a suicidal individual to surrender at a Meadow Street home on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)

JOHNSTOWN — City police were able to peacefully end a standoff with a distressed individual on Friday afternoon, successfully getting the subject to a local hospital according to a news release from City

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According to police, at approximately 11:29 a.m. Friday they responded to a 911 call of a male subject in distress making suicidal threats. The man also stated he had a weapon.

Patrol officers responded to Meadow Street and set up a perimeter around the residence. Meadow Street was subsequently shut down from West Montgomery to West Clinton streets.

Additional officers from the Gloversville Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and New York State Police also responded and assisted in the incident.

Police were able to speak to the subject by phone for a short period of time but then he hung up. Further attempts to contact the subject by phone and PA system were unsuccessful.

Police officials speak with members of the public during the incident on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)

At the scene, the individual’s mother also arrived to help coax him from the house. Officers with assault weapons, bullet proof vests and riot shields were later seen surrounding the home as the stand off wore on into the afternoon and temperatures rose into the mid-80’s.

According to the news release, the Glove Cities Emergency Response Team introduced technology into the residence. After brief attempts to communicate with the subject through the technology, police learned of the exact location of the subject in the house and that the subject was in more distress than when he was on the phone with law enforcement.

Police made entry into the residence and the subject was taken into custody without incident, at approximately 2 p.m.

The subject was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Police officials walk with members of the public during the incident on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)

Johnstown Police officers, as well as Gloversville city police, Fulton County Sheriff deputies and state police, were attempting to get a suicidal individual to surrender at a Meadow Street home on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)

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