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Suicidal man with handguns surrenders in Tarpon Springs

TARPON SPRINGS — Police defused a potentially dangerous situation Monday morning when they were able to convince an armed, suicidal man to surrender at a public beach, authorities said.

Tarpon Springs police were called to Fred Howard Park around 10:30 a.m. Monday by a man who said his father was armed and suicidal.

One police officer was already at the park on routine patrol, and others soon arrived to find the man sitting in a beach chair next to a cooler and two handguns, police said.

Police evacuated the beach and started talking to the man by cell phone. He soon surrendered and was taken into protective custody to be evaluated under the state Baker Act.

Because of privacy laws, the man was not identified. Police said he was 64 years old. He never pointed either of the guns at himself or anyone else, police said.

School resource officers were kept informed of the situation, but local schools were not locked down, police said.

Suicidal man with handguns surrenders in Tarpon Springs 03/14/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 9:22am]
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