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Police negotiators resolve suicide threat

Police negotiators were able to talk a man who threatened suicide into surrendering and seeking medical help in an incident Monday morning, according to Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman.

The man was in the back of a car and two friends were in the front seat, Pohlman said. The front-seat passenger called police and told them they were driving the man to the Goodhue County Law Enforcement Center. Upon arriving in the parking lot, the driver and front-seat passenger exited the car.

Red Wing police formed an interior perimeter around the car while Goodhue County Sheriff's deputies formed an exterior perimeter around the parking lot, blocking access to the LEC and the Justice Center. Red Wing firefighters joined deputies.

"All of our investigators are trained in negotiations," Pohlman said. "This time it worked out well."

The man was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing for assistance.

Steve Gardiner

Steve Gardiner taught high school English and journalism for 38 years in Montana and Wyoming.  He started working at the Republican Eagle in May 2018.  He focuses on features and outdoor stories.  

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