Monterey County

Salinas Police: Standoff with suicidal subject ends peacefully

SALINAS, Calif. - Salinas police say a 90-minute stand-off with a suicidal man armed with a knife ended peacefully Monday morning.

The standoff began around 8 a.m. on the 2100 block of North Main Street, after the man's girlfriend called 911 to report that he said he planned to kill himself.

Police found the 23-year-old in a cemetery behind a small church, holding a roughly six-inch long knife to his throat. He pleaded with the officers to shoot him.

Members of the department's hostage negotiation team and crisis intervention team were joined by a crisis team supervisor from the Monterey County Behavioral Health Department.

During the standoff, he repeatedly threatened to hurt himself and asked police to shoot him, even stating a few times that he would attack them to try to make them shoot.

Eventually he agreed to surrender and threw the knife down. He was uninjured but was taken to a local hospital for psychiatric evaluation. He was not arrested and police have not released his name.

Officers said that at no time did the man threaten any member of the public or carry out his threats on the officers, and no force was used.

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