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Donated equipment helped defuse Monday standoff

Technology paid for by private donations contributed to the safe conclusion of a standoff on Monday evening.

When a Johnson Lane woman with a gun threatened to commit suicide and barricaded herself into the garage on Monday afternoon, authorities cordoned off the neighborhood in preparation for the worst.

But in addition to armed officers, Douglas County also mobilized the Crisis Negotiation Team to try and talk her into giving up.

Using a throw phone, negotiators were able to communicate with her and eventually get her to surrender peacefully.

Sgt. Pat Brooks said the throw phone, which is essentially a phone attached to a cable, and other equipment were purchased by money raised by the Sheriff’s Advisory Council.

“The pieces of equipment utilized in this operation were a throw phone (phone attached to a cable, in a box, deployed to allow communication with subject) and the response vehicle that was instrumental in creating a line of communication with the subject,” he said. “Without the $30,000 throw phone the line of communication would have been very difficult and put negotiators in a potential dangerous situation.”

Brooks said support from the advisory council has allowed the sheriff’s office to purchase, train and ultimately use equipment that it couldn’t otherwise afford.

Anyone interested in additional information about the Douglas County Sheriff’s Advisory Council is asked to call Ron Alling at 588-6676 or Bill Henderson, 783-6624.Staff Reports