A jealous ex-boyfriend led a four-hour standoff with Payson police, after becoming suicidal and barricading himself in his home.
The incident started around midnight, at a West Rim View home, after a 23-year-old Payson woman and her new 29-year-old boyfriend stopped by her 38-year-old ex-boyfriend’s home Oct. 4 to gather belongings.
The upset ex-boyfriend fired a shotgun off in the home. The woman and her new boyfriend left and called the police.
After police arrived, the man barricaded himself inside and refused to leave, threatening to kill himself, said Sgt. John Heflin.
Negotiator Sgt. Dean Faust was called in, along with a seven-member special response team, which surrounded the home.
After more than four hours of negotiating, the man surrendered uninjured at 6:30 a.m.
“It is not uncommon for people to say they are not coming out or putting the gun down,” Heflin said.
“But he eventually came out with Faust talking him through the whole time.”
In stand-offs, police are careful not to force a situation, he said.
“We had time on our side,” Heflin said. “The main thing is to build a bond and trust.”
Heflin said creating that bond is very taxing, emotionally and physically for a negotiator.
Several years ago, Heflin talked a woman out of suicide, after more than two hours of negotiating.
“It was the most exhausting experience I have ever had in my 13 years,” Heflin said.
“It is emotionally draining trying to think of all the avenues to go down to talk them out and there are no breaks.”
Both Heflin and Chief Don Engler said they were impressed with Faust and Officer Mike Varga who assisted.