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East Alton Police Chief Darren Carlton and officers from six other agencies respond to a home on Broadway Monday morning where a man barricaded himself, threatening to commit suicide.
EAST ALTON — An East Alton man is safe and under evaluation at a local hospital after he barricaded himself inside his home in the 700 block of Broadway Monday morning.
According to East Alton Police Chief Darren Carlton, the unidentified man told his girlfriend he intended to commit suicide if she contacted police during a dispute. The girlfriend notified the EAPD at 11:50 a.m. asking for help.
“We secured the scene and called in other agencies for assistance,” Carlton said. “I really want to thank Wood River Police Department, Winchester security, Olin Brass security, Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the Alton Police Department. They all came out to assist and they helped get the situation under control.”
Carlton contacted the ILEAS (Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System) team to help with communication. ILEAS was in the process of setting up to stage when law enforcement made contact with the man.
ILEAS meets the needs of law enforcement throughout the state in matters of mutual aid, emergency response and the combining of resources.
“We talked with the man over the phone,” Carlton said. “We were able to talk him into coming out of the home peacefully and without incident. We had him transported to a local hospital.”
No residents or officers were threatened by the man and his girlfriend also was unharmed.
“The suspect only threatened his own life,” Carlton said. “He never made any threats toward us (officers); he came out of the home very calm.”
For those considering suicide or who know someone who might be, the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is (800) 273-8255 or local law enforcement also can be contacted for help.