SCC Crisis Response Team helps sheriff solve situation with barricaded, suicidal man

By OPEC Staff

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department called Sierra Conservation Center on Feb. 5 to ask negotiating help in situation that involved a suicidal man who was barricaded in his Willow Springs home. A SCC negotiator ended the standoff without use of force.

The SCC Crisis Response Team met with Sheriff’s Department officials at the Willow Springs Club House in Soulsbyville for a briefing.

The CRT was told that the 59-year-old man was upset by the lack of cell phone service and having his eBay account discontinued.  Officials were told that the man doesn’t like minorities, the president or anything to do with the government.

He had sought to be baptized earlier in the day, and for unknown reasons was denied by the pastor. According to officials, the man then told the pastor that if police showed up at his house, he would shoot it out with them.

The man also told a neighbor that he had a .357-caliber pistol by the front door. A records check indicated he had several registered pistols and rifles.

A negotiations center was established, but attempts to contact the man by phone were unsuccessful and so the center moved to near the man’s house. Negotiators were able to use the public address system of Sheriff’s Department patrol cars to contact the man.

The four-hour situation ended without use of force when Correctional Officer Michael Bullock successfully convinced the man to come out onto the porch, where he was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies.





6 Responses

  1. C. Sizelove CCI CRT TL Wednesday, February 20, 2013 / 8:57 pm

    Way to go CRT, great job

  2. D. Fish Wednesday, February 20, 2013 / 6:06 pm

    Even though we live in somewhat of a small town, we are subject to these kinds of events. This is, in fact, the second need for CRT response to aid our local community in just the last couple of years. Therefore, CRT is a valuable asset not only to our facility but an asset to small towns, which rarely have the resources needed for these kinds of emergencies due to fiscal issues. Great Job My Brothers!
    To Us & Those like Us…

  3. S.Comer Wednesday, February 20, 2013 / 2:28 pm

    SCC CRT ! Great Job !!!!! Be proud !

  4. J. Logan Tuesday, February 19, 2013 / 2:36 pm

    Great Job, all the hard work and training pays off. Very proud of you my CRT brothers.

  5. Rose Saturday, February 16, 2013 / 6:45 am

    Go Bullock….good job

  6. J. Northcutt Friday, February 15, 2013 / 9:23 pm

    This incident happened right across the street from my home. My teenage daughter and two guests were also home. I was very impressed with the way the Sheriff Dept and our CRT team responded. I could hear every word of the negotiations. Thank you for helping this situation to end in a positive manner. It could have been much worse.

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