PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police negotiators were able to talk a man out of harming himself inside a local hotel room.
The Berkshire County Special Response Team successfully convinced the unnamed individual who had reportedly threatened to harm himself after three hours at the Econo Lodge on Cheshire Road.
"Shortly after 9 o'clock this morning we received information through the crisis team that one of their clients had contacted clinician, despondent, possible intoxicated, and made the threats to do harm to himself. He indicated that he may have had access to a weapon," Police Chief Michael Wynn said.
Patrolmen located the individual's vehicle at the hotel, confirmed he was in the room, and then the Special Response Team took over the scene.
Police secured the scene and negotiators with the Special Response Team eventually convinced the man to exit the room without incident.
"Negotiators managed to contact him by phone. They convinced him to come out. He exited and was taken into custody without incident and he is being transported to the hospital for evaluation," Wynn said.
Around 1 p.m. the Action Ambulance, with police escorts, took the man to Berkshire Medical Center.
"We did not recover a firearm. We did recover a knife," Wynn said.
During the three hours, other guests in the room were either evacuated or told to shelter in place.