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Deputies ‘defuse’ dangerous situation Sunday PDF Print
Monday, 26 November 2007 06:59

Just after 6:30 p.m. yesterday, a family conflict turned into a dangerous situation.

Watauga deputies received a call that a middle-aged male at a residence on Bethel Road near the U.S. 321 intersection was threatening to harm himself and others with a firearm. Deputies were joined by members of the Special Operations Team, or STAR (Special Team and Response). It took two hours of negotiations for the individual to surrender himself and the weapon to officers without injury to himself, his family or law enforcement officers. He was transported to the Watauga Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation and later to Grace Hospital.

Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman called the incident a “textbook case on how a dangerous situation was defused in a safe and professional manner.”

Due to privacy laws, the man’s identity will not be released.
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