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Nahant Police render mental health services and aid to distressed person who barricaded themself in a home

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  Nahant Police reported that the Department, assisted by specially trained mutual aid partners and state agencies, responded to a mental health call on Wednesday night during which a person barricaded themself inside a home and threatened self-harm.

  On Wednesday, April 20, at about 8:07 p.m., Nahant Police received a 9-1-1 call from a Sherman Avenue resident requesting that a visiting family member be removed. Upon arrival, police learned that the family member was barricaded inside the bathroom. Based on information provided at the scene, Nahant officers escorted other occupants out of the home safely. The family member exited the bathroom, but based on statements made to police a Nahant Police Officer deployed a Taser and pepper spray in an attempt to force the person to drop a weapon. The family member returned to the bathroom and refused to come out.

  A responding Swampscott Police Officer with experience in negotiations and high-risk situations spoke with that family member, and through further discussion successfully convinced the person to leave the home at about 10 p.m. Nahant Police Officers took the resident into protective custody. The family member will be connected with appropriate social service and mental health agencies.

  The Nahant Police Department wishes to thank the Lynn Police Department, Swampscott Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police STOP Team for their assistance in bringing this call to a successful conclusion.

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