Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

Pittsburgh Police Officers Stay Cool In High-Stress Situation; Safe A Life

A man threatening suicide holding what appeared to be a gun wanted to be shot by police

October 15, 2018 - 1:13 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A tense, high-stress situation ended peacefully and a life was saved Friday thanks to the actions of two Pittsburgh Police Officers.

A Zone 5 Facebook post says that Officers Daniel Joyce and Brandon Crane were working when they were called to the 6600 block of Apple Avenue in the Lincoln-Lemington section of Pittsburgh for a male who was threatening suicide.

The 911 operator told the officers while on their way to the scene that the suspect said the officers "better have their guns drawn when they get here."

That prompted the officers to request backup and they established a perimeter when they got to the scene.

The male threatening suicide was noticed on the front porch of the residence and was asked to walk toward the officers with his hands visible.

The male removed his hand from his pocked and revealed a small bronze gun while yelling that the officers should shoot him.

Officers released the gun was not real and withheld their fire and when the man realized the officers were not going to shoot him he dropped the replica gun. He was taken in for a mental health evaluation.

“Officers Joyce and Crane performed exceptionally well in a high stress situation and because of their actions, a life was spared and they were able to get some much needed help for a young man in crisis,” said in the Facebook post.

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