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'Mental health crisis call' led to a long day at Clarenville-area standoff

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RCMP responded Sunday morning following a reported death threat; man who barricaded himself inside home apprehended that evening

The RCMP says a standoff at a residence near Clarenville Sunday developed after it responded to what has been described as a mental health crisis call.

A man who had barricaded himself inside a house on Huntley Drive in Shoal Harbour was eventually detained under the Mental Health Act and transported for medical assistance, but not before a long day for officers from the Clarenville RCMP detachment and other emergency personnel.

The police had been called to the residence Sunday morning after reports an individual had made death threats to another person.

The Emergency Response Team, police dog services and an RCMP Crisis Negotiation Team, supported by mental health professionals, also attended the scene, but negotiations with the individual proved unsuccessful.

It wasn’t until after 8 p.m. when officers entered the residence and the man was apprehended that the incident concluded.

The RCMP says it is grateful to the public for adhering to police recommendations to stay away from the area during the course of the incident and to the Clarenville Volunteer Fire Department for its assistance in blocking several roadways and conducting traffic control, allowing police to concentrate on directly responding to the incident.


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