Mentally disturbed man threatens emergency personnel

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The incident occurred last Wednesday afternoon when neighbours reported a noise disturbance at a complex near Sonpark Shopping Centre.

Emergi-Med’s operation manager Martin Jeffrey said he responded to a call-out on the Zello channel.

“When I arrived at the scene, a man had locked himself in his flat. He was naked and threatened to shoot us if we came near him and threw containers and tins from his balcony at us.”

Divergent Ops’ Jacques Meiring said they had also received a call from their clients in the same complex.

 

“We first heard it was a hostage drama but it was not. It was a man who had locked himself in his flat. He was posing a danger to himself. He was shouting about how corrupt the government and police are. He was intelligent but clearly needed psychiatric help. We were more worried he was going to hurt himself.”

 

Police flying squad leader and hostage negotiator, Capt Pieter Smit, said he received a call-out about a possible hostage situation.

“It was not a hostage situation as the man was alone, but he was posing a danger to himself. He was highly intelligent, I cannot divulge our conversation.”

After a few hours of talking to the man, his wife gave permission for them to use force to gain entry into the flat.

Jeffrey added that he together with Divergent Ops members, stormed the front door. The man then fled to another room.

 

“We managed to get inside the room where we found him urinating and drinking his own urine.”

 

The man had also left the stove on which nearly caused a fire.

He was sedated and handcuffed, then transported to Rob Ferreira Hospital where he was admitted to the psychiatric ward.

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Tereasa Dias

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