Mental health crisis peaceably resolved

Published 11:38 am Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Franklin woman’s mental health crisis, which required first responders’ attention early Monday afternoon, was soon peaceably resolved.

Franklin City Police spokesman Capt. Tim Whitt has released incident details. At 12:11 p.m., “officers responded to 606 N. High St. in reference to a person in mental health crisis. Information received was that she was suicidal and armed with knives and a rifle.”

Whitt later said that her son had called and alerted police she allegedly had a rifle.

He added that on their arrival, the police made contact with the 58-year-old resident, whose name has been withheld. She had cut her arm with a knife, and “the officers attempted to get the woman to put her weapon down and come out so they could help her, however, she refused.

“At one point the woman came out onto the porch armed with a large knife, she refused to surrender and went back into the house.”

Per protocol, some police had their own weapons drawn because the woman reportedly had a gun of her own.

Whitt also said that “officers continued to speak with the woman in an effort to de-escalate the situation. At approximately 12:49 p.m. the person came out of the house and surrendered to police. Medics were called to provide emergency treatment to the woman’s arm.

“She was transported to Southampton Memorial Hospital for treatment.”