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Mitchell Police Division officer disarms suicidal subject in West Elm incident

A Mitchell Police Division officer helped disarm a suicidal subject Sunday in an incident that included the evacuation of a West Elm Street apartment complex.

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Officials work the scene of a standoff on the 1200 block of West Elm Street Sunday afternoon in Mitchell. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

A Mitchell Police Division officer helped disarm a suicidal subject Sunday in an incident that included the evacuation of a West Elm Street apartment complex.

At 2:38 p.m., an individual called the Mitchell Department of Public Safety to report a suicidal person who had a gun at a residence on the 1200 block of West Elm Street in Mitchell, according to Mitchell Assistant Police Chief Mike Koster.  

An officer with the police division then got on the phone with the suicidal subject, who later surrendered the weapon at 3:32 p.m.

Koster said the gun was tossed out the window by the subject to peacefully end the incident. Koster explained the Mitchell Police Division has three trained officers on its staff to handle negotiations.

“The best resolution you can hope for is a peaceful one like this,” Koster said, “especially when you’re dealing with those who are mentally ill.”

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Koster said no one other than the subject was in harm’s way, and the apartment was evacuated per protocol.

A tactical team and Davison County Search and Rescue were called to assist.

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Officials work the scene of a standoff on the 1200 block of West Elm Street Sunday afternoon in Mitchell. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

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