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Gun-wielding man gives up

December 4, 2007

Albany --  A four-hour police standoff at the Marine Base ended just after three Tuesday afternoon, when a suicidal civilian employee surrendered. The man, whom base officials will not identify, was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for a mental evaluation.

One MCLB employee we spoke with says he went in to work Tuesday morning, and found a co-worker already there, with a rifle. The man was threatening to commit suicide.

Base police were called, and in turn, the APD SWAT unit was called to assist. About 20 officer surrounded the Auto Hobby Shop, where the man was, and evacuated nearby buildings.

Police negotiators, his family, friends, and co-workers all spoke to the suicidal man by telephone, and then about 3:15, a Criminal Investigative Officer spike to the man, and talked him into giving up.

He walked out of the building, peacefully, and no one was hurt. He was then taken for a mental evaluation.

"After the individual is evaluated at Phoebe Hospital, he will be turned over to a federal judge, who will decide his disposition, and if there will be any charges brought against him," said Marine Corps Public Affairs Officer Lt. Caleb Eames. "We are thankful this situation came to a conclusion peacefully and quickly, and we're thankful this individual was able to get some help."

The unnamed man does not face any criminal charges at the moment, pending a hearing with the judge.

Word of the incident spread quickly across the Marine Base, and otherwise, it was business as usual. As the investigation continues, officials will look at how the man got he rifle on base in the first place. It was not a Marine weapon.

The Marine base has a working relationship with Albany's SWAT team. This is the first time they have ever had to work together for an incident at the base.


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