SAN MATEO – A nearly seven-hour standoff between San Mateo police and a suicidal man ended peacefully Monday with him being taken into custody, authorities said.
Officers were called to a home on the 100 block of Sycamore Avenue just before 10 a.m. for a welfare check on the man, according to police. When they arrived, the man barricaded himself in the attic, preventing officers from entering and trapping himself inside.
Crisis intervention trained, or CIT, patrol officers and crisis negotiators were summoned to the scene. They worked with the man for nearly seven hours, police said.
Since the man had trapped himself in the attic, officers partnered with San Mateo firefighters to gain access to the space. Police said the man surrendered and was safely taken into custody. He was then transported to a hospital for a 72-hour mental health evaluation.
In a news release, San Mateo police said a lack of mental health crisis services across California has resulted in law enforcement officers “serving as first responders to most crises.”
“The San Mateo Police Department advocates crisis intervention training and our police officers undergo a 40-hour intensive program,” police said. “Through collaborative community partnerships and intensive training, CIT improves communication, identifies mental health resources for those in crisis and ensures officer and community safety.”
The National Alliance on Mental Illness created a video explaining CIT. View it at https://goo.gl/M3wqS9.
San Mateo: Suicidal man surrenders after hours-long standoff