A 47-year-old Santa Monica man who was described as being despondent inside his home was taken into police custody after officers attempted to make contact with him for more than four hours late Thursday, January 12th, police said.
The resident was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital at 12:40 a.m. Friday, January 13th, for a psychological evaluation.
Police responded to the man’s residence in the 2700 block of Sixth Street at 8:19 p.m. regarding a “check the status” call.
The caller had said he was concerned about his friend, who was alone at home and despondent over personal matters, police alleged.
Officers initially attempted to make contact with the man through phone calls and by knocking on his door, but the man gave no answer and refused to talk to police, Santa Monica Police Lt. Frank Fabrega said.
A crisis response team was called to the scene for the man’s safety but was also unable to communicate with him, Fabrega said.
Police had called the crisis response team to help make sure the incident was brought to a “peaceful resolution,” he said.
“In this situation it was apparent to us that if we didn’t make contact with him, then there may have been some self-inflicted harm done,” Fabrega said.
During the incident police closed off the area of Sixth and Hill Streets, where emergency vehicles and fire trucks were stationed.
Police and crisis negotiators were finally able to convince the man to come out of his residence, Fabrega said.
A SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactical) team later entered the residence to make sure no one else was inside.