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Man walking with gun draws SWAT response, closing N Dale Mabry

Deputies negotiated with the man for several hours before he was taken into custody under the state's Baker Act.

TAMPA — A despondent man walking with a gun was taken into custody before dawn Wednesday and Dale Mabry Highway was closed in both directions as deputies negotiated with him, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

The man called 911 threatening suicide at 2:36 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies called to the scene at Dale Mabry (State Road 597) and North Lakeview Drive talked to man and tried to de-escalate the situation, the Sheriff’s Office said.

At 3:03 a.m, the sheriff’s SWAT team and crisis negotiators were called out to help deputies. Negotiations with the man lasted a few hours. At 5:35 a.m., he was taken into custody under the Baker Act, allowing involuntary detention of people deemed a possible danger to themselves or others. He was taken to a local hospital.

“This was the best possible outcome for everyone involved in this situation,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “I commend our deputies, SWAT team and crisis negotiators who all worked together to end this situation peacefully.”