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Tuesday morning standoff ends as gas deployed in Saratoga Springs

Tuesday morning standoff ends as gas deployed in Saratoga Springs

Police feared man was armed and would hurt himself
Tuesday morning standoff ends as gas deployed in Saratoga Springs
The man in custody after Tuesday's standoff
Photographer: Erica Miller/Gazette Photographer

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A standoff Tuesday in Saratoga Springs lasted more than four hours and ended as police deployed tear gas.

The standoff began at about 7:30 a.m. in the area of Jefferson and Crescent streets as police went to an apartment building to check on the welfare of a resident, police spokesman Lt. Robert Jillson said.

They went there after receiving a call from a third party who was concerned that a man there was at risk of taking his own life, Jillson said.

Images: Photos from Tuesday’s standoff in Saratoga Springs

Officers responded, but the man wouldn't come to the door. They established phone communication with the man and the conversation raised further concerns with officers, Jillson said.

"He wasn't in a good place. He talked about harming himself and going down that road."

The man also implied he had a weapon, Jillson said. Police believed he was in there alone. Officers also evacuated other apartments in the building.

As the event played out, Jillson called it a possibility that the man may have been attempting a suicide by cop, that is, forcing an officer to shot him.

Police brought in two negotiators who talked with him through much of the standoff, attempting to get him to come out.

Police also brought in the Saratoga County Special Operations Team because of the possibility of the weapon, Jillson said.

Images: Photos from Tuesday’s standoff in Saratoga Springs

Communications eventually broke down and police chose to use the gas. After the gas was deployed, police went in and took him into custody just before noon. He was taken to Saratoga Hospital for an evaluation.

The building was being ventilated because of the gas early Tuesday afternoon and residents were being allowed back inside.

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