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South Brunswick Police Peacefully End Three-Hour Stand-off

Police peacefully ended a three-hour stand-off with a despondent man Monday morning at the Hotel Vincenza on Route 1. Credits: Submitted photo

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police peacefully ended a three-hour stand-off at a local hotel Monday morning with a man that wanted the police to kill him, officials said.

The incident took place at 8:15 a.m. Monday morning with a guest of the Hotel Vincenza on Route 1 that was apparently despondent and suicidal, police said.

According to the call to police, the unidentified 39-year-old man either wanted to kill himself or force the responding officers to kill him, according to police.

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A dozen officers responded to the call, established a perimeter, and began negotiations with the man, who police said had a history of mental illness and was very agitated when police arrived on the scene.

 Police said the man yelled at the officers and put items against the door of his room, refusing to come out.

After three hours of negotiations, at 11:20 a.m., officers were able to de-escalate the situation and the man left the room with his dog and was taken to an area hospital for evaluation, police said.

Officers worked with family and friends of the man, reassuring him that they wanted to help him and end the situation safely, police said. 

“The officers did a tremendous job de-escalating the tense situation. We have trained our officers to use de-escalation and talk situations down,” Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka said. “Here the officers realized time was on their side and worked to resolve the standoff by talking to him over a period of hours. He was combative at first and was looking to force a confrontation. Officers made the correct decision to simple set up a perimeter and begin talking. He quickly realized no one was going to come rush in and tackle him. As time went on he began to speak of his issues and the problems he is facing. Negotiators worked to develop a rapport and show him they were concerned for his well-being. Officers worked with the man’s family and friends to get information and convince him to get help. After he realized no one was going to hurt him, he agreed to come out and get help. This is the outcome we look for in every interaction. It takes skill and training to create a peaceful resolution.”

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