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Grandview police defuse suicidal incident

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Special Incident Response Team was dispatched to the 600 block of Washington Street yesterday afternoon after a 66-year-old male threatened to take his own life.

Police had contacted the man after being told by Comprehensive Mental Health workers that he was possibly suicidal. According to police, when officers arrived the man displayed a large butcher knife and slammed the door, barricading himself inside.

Officers ultimately observed the man pour a large amount of lantern oil on his body and threatened repeatedly to set himself on fire if police entered his home.

"He was seen at his kitchen window multiple times holding either a lit candle or matches," said Sergeant David Palacios. "As a precaution, the surrounding residences were evacuated and (Grandview fire) trucks were staged in the area."

Because the man had disconnected his phone, negotiations were attempted through a partially open window in order to get the man to come out peaceably, Palacios said.

"A tactical advantage was observed when the subject was seen without any ignition sources in his hands or close-by," he said. At that point, the Special Incident Response Team entered the residence and took the man into custody.

The man was treated at the scene by paramedics because a small amount of pepper spray had been used during his apprehension. The man was then transported to Comprehensive Mental Health for evaluation.

Also yesterday, police charged a Grandview Middle School student with possession of stolen property. Police had received a burglary report on Tuesday that several items had been stolen from one room in the 700 block of Conestoga. The student was apparently wearing some of the stolen items.

A vehicle was reported stolen early this morning from the 300 block of Ash Street. No further information was available at press time.

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