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Man in custody after threatening to harm himself

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 20-174


Wednesday July 1, 2020 2:36 AM


Dale Mabry Highway / N Lakeview Drive Tampa, Florida

A man is in custody this morning after threatening harm to himself while walking down Dale Mabry Highway near North Lakeview Drive.

At 2:36 a.m., the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from the subject, who was threatening to commit suicide. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies spoke to the despondent man who was carrying a handgun in an attempt to de-escalate the situation. At 3:03 a.m, the HCSO SWAT team and crisis negotiators were called out to assist deputies.

Negotiations with the man lasted a few hours, and at 5:35 a.m., the man was taken into custody and Baker Acted. At no point was the public ever in danger.

“This was the best possible outcome for everyone involved in this situation,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “This man was Baker Acted and will receive further evaluation at a local hospital. I commend our deputies, SWAT team and crisis negotiators who all worked together to end this situation peacefully."