by Tina Johansson
An armed Ingleside man, described as in mental crisis by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, was persuaded to disarm himself and agreed to go a hospital for evaluation and treatment.
The sheriff’s office said it received a call from the man who made suicidal statements early Tuesday and quickly dispatched its Crisis Intervention Team to the scene in the 34000 block of Gerberding Avenue. The distraught man was found in a vehicle with a loaded firearm.
There is absolutely no doubt, if it weren’t for our personnel being CIT trained, this incident which involved a loaded firearm, could have ended in tragedy.” – Lake County Undersheriff Ray Rose
CIT members talked to him man for more than an hour before he finally exited the vehicle and agreed to go to a hospital. Meanwhile, deputies safely removed firearm from him.
Commenting on the incident, Sheriff Mark Curran said, “From the tele-communicators answering the 911 call to the deputies who responded to the scene, everyone did a fantastic job helping this man in mental crisis.”
Undersheriff Ray Rose added, “There is absolutely no doubt, if it weren’t for our personnel being CIT trained, this incident which involved a loaded firearm, could have ended in tragedy.”