Mental Health patient threatens to shoot if approached

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Panolian photo by John Howell

Mental Health patient threatens to shoot if approached

City and county law enforcement officials responded en masse Wednesday when a mental health patient missing medication responded to a commitment attempt by threatening to shoot if approached. Officers prepared for the worst but defused the resistance by talking to the patient and establishing a rapport that convinced the patient to change her mind, according to Deputy Sheriff Edward Dickson (above, right) leaving the scene on Cole Drive with Deputy Dean Jones in a far more relaxed mood than when they arrived.

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