ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany and Dougherty County Police credit recent Crisis Intervention Training with helping defuse a standoff.
An Albany man was threatening suicide in a crowded fast food restaurant parking lot yesterday.
Family members called Albany Police when Carlton Knox left home with a gun, leaving a note. Police stopped Knox in the crowded McDonald's parking lot on South Westover.
Knox held a gun to his head. Officers used their Crisis Intervention Training to keep Knox calm.
"The officers were able to continually talk to him, to delay it until he could get a peaceful solution," said Albany Police Chief Michael Persley.
Dougherty County Police Captain Jason Hager, also trained in CIT, and used his experience with Knox to talk him into giving up his gun.
"I did know him and I think that did help some," said Hager.
That same day Chief Persley was awarded the the 2016 Georgia CIT Leadership Award, for his efforts to have 80 percent of the Albany Police Department's officers trained in crisis intervention, to help patients with mental issues.
"This is a potential issue that we are going to have to deal with really for the rest of our lives with mental health," said Persley.
"We want to solve the problem with no injuries if possible," Hager said. And in this case it worked out good."
Albany Police are working to have 80 percent of their officers trained in CIT by this year, and 100 percent next year.
Knox was hospitalized for mental evaluation, and will face no criminal charges.