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"Extremely Tense" Police Standoff Ends With No Serious Injuries

A 3-hour long police standoff with a man threatening suicide ends when the Carollton Police Special Reaction Team Commander deployed a bean-bag shotgun to the suspect’s torso.
 
Carrollton Police Captain Shannon Cantrell says officers were called to 203 Katherine Court in Carrollton around 9:30 Friday morning. They responded to a report of a subject threatening to commit suicide.
 
The home is located within the Cottages at Carrollton subdivision.
 
Upon arrival, Cantrell says officers heard a gunshot fired. Officers immediately began evacuating neighboring homes.
 
“We established contact with the suspect over the phone… trying to understand why he wanted to do harm to himself,” Cantrell told WLBB Radio. “He said he was depressed and was going through some personal issues. We asked him to come out. He said he wanted to come out with his gun and he said force us to shoot him.”
 
Cantrell admits this was a very tense situation.
 
“…because the guy came out of the house and pointed the gun in many different directions, including at the officers at the scene,” he said.
 
Fortunately, officers were able to maintain their patience and composure for hours before striking the suspect with the less-than-lethal bean bag to resolve the issue.
 
“We were able to talk him out into the driveway. He continued to wave the gun into the air, putting the lives of several people and officers in danger. But, CPD Officer J.J. Cole was able to subdue him with that less-than-lethal shot,” Cantrell said. “We need to commend a lot of officers here. We had assistance from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office as well.”
 
The 49-year old suspect was taken to Tanner Medical in Carrollton. He is being treated for a minimal injury caused by the bean bag. His mental status will then be evaluated.