Police take precautions during incident — (ZWIRE)

SSRI Ed note: Man takes Zoloft, becomes suicidal, police spend the afternoon dealing with the situation.

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By LOUIS DiPIETRO, The Times Herald


OLEAN ­ Olean Police blocked off part of Hamilton Avenue Thursday afternoon after a resident of the street became suicidal and locked himself in his home.

According to police reports, a resident of 295 Hamilton Avenue was suicidal and attempted to overdose on Zoloft, a depression and anxiety medication.

Hamilton Avenue is located off of Main Street near Boardmanville Elementary and Bartlett Country Club.

According to a press release, Olean Police received a call at 12:17 p.m. Thursday of a despondent man at 295 Hamilton Ave. who had locked himself in his home and was suicidal. Upon arrival to the home, police then established phone contact with the man.

“There was no threat of violence toward anyone and no weapons were involved,” police said in the statement.

Around 2:00 p.m., the Olean Police Emergency Response Team arrived and made their way to the house. They returned about ten minutes later and left. No shots were fired.

A manager at the Bartlett Country Club, which is located between Euclid and Hamilton avenues, said the club received a call from police around 1:45 p.m. saying to clear people away from the area near Hamilton Avenue.

Police then called a second time about five minutes later telling the club to clear all golfers from the course, the manager said, adding that golfers were allowed back on the course at 2:15 p.m.

John White, principal of Boardmanville Elementary, said he wasn’t contacted by police but later called to find out on his own. Though no details were given to Mr. White on the severity of the situation, police told Mr. White of an incident on Hamilton Avenue. He said students were kept inside of the school during the standoff.

Police said all ended well after the man unlocked and opened the front door and let in police. He was taken to Olean General Hospital for treatment and observation, police said.

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