Two Pittsburgh Police officers praised for the way they handled a suicidal man

By Amanda Klein | October 15, 2018

Two Pittsburgh Police officers were praised in a Facebook posting for the way they dealt with a suicidal man who they believed was armed with a gun.

Shortly before 4 p.m. on Oct. 12, the two officers who were identified in the posting as Officers Joyce and Crane were called to the 6600 block of Apple Avenue in Lincoln-Lemington section of Pittsburgh for a suicidal male.

While enroute the officers were told that the man had a gun and had told a call taker that the officers “better have their guns drawn when they get here,” the posting said.

The officers requested additional units and established a perimeter upon their arrival.  The man was located on his front porch and was instructed to walk towards police with his hands visible.

“As the man removed his one hand from his pocket, he yelled for the officers to shoot him and raised one hand at the officers and police could see a small bronze gun in his hand,” according to the posting.

Both officers were able to determine that the object was not a real firearm, and after a short period of time were able to convince the man to put down the replica gun and surrender.

Police said the man, who was not identified in the posting, was transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

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