It could have gone very differently.
Early this morning, at about 3:15 a.m., Kingston Police received a 911 call reporting shots fired in an apartment at 82 Cedar St. Upon entering the building, officers were confronted by a 22-year-old female holding a handgun. Offers, while in the confined space of an apartment entryway, were able to convince the female to put down the gun and take into custody without incident.
After the female was taken in custody, it was determined that the gun was a pellet gun that was indiscernible from a real handgun. It was also learned that the initial intent of the female was to commit “suicide by cop.” The female was transported to HealthAlliance for an evaluation and treatment.
According to police, a brief review of the incident showed that the officers were faced by a person in emotional crisis acting in a dangerous manner and, if not for the training offers receive, the incident could have had a very different result.