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Police Convince Suicidal Mahopac Man to Surrender


MAHOPAC, N.Y.-After barricading himself in his Bullet Hole Road home in Mahopac Sunday night (Feb. 11) and threatening to burn down the house and stab any first responder who attempted to remove him, a 20-year-old man was convinced by police negotiators to surrender peacefully.

Carmel Police Lt. John Dearman said that at approximately 6:20 p.m., an officer from the Carmel Police Department responded to the residence on Bullet Hole Road in Mahopac to perform a welfare check on a man who was possibly suicidal. When the officer first arrived and attempted to speak with the man, he became highly agitated. 

Dearman said the young man told the officer that he would not go back to the hospital and that he would get a knife and stab whoever tried to take him. The man then retreated to his bedroom where he barricaded himself and threatened to burn down the house and stab any officer who attempted to gain access.

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At that time, additional officers from the Carmel Police Department, as well as deputies from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, responded to the scene and set up a safety perimeter around the house.

Additionally, the Putnam County Emergency Response Team (ERT) responded to the residence, along with the Putnam County Hostage Negotiation Team. The ERT and Hostage Negotiation Team are specialized interdepartmental units consisting of members from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Carmel Police Department and the Kent Police Department.

Dearman said ERT members surrounded the residence while hostage negotiators attempted to make contact with the subject, who was alone and still barricaded inside his bedroom.

Negotiators were able to make phone contact with the young man while the ERT members maintained their position outside the residence. The lead negotiator spoke with the young man for approximately an hour and was able to convince him to surrender peacefully.

The man was transported to an area hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. No injuries to civilians or law enforcement members were reported.

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