Medina County Sheriff’s deputies were in a standoff lasting a couple hours with an elderly man in the 600 block of County Road 270. It happened on Tuesday, December 3 around 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon.
“The guy had guns with him inside the home, and thankfully his wife was able to get out of the house,” Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown. “Deputies communicated with him, and eventually got him to come outside and a deputy was able to grab him before he ran back inside where he had his weapons.”
Standoffs like these happen more often than residents might think in our little communities across Medina County.
“We have had multiple standoffs within the last few months, but thankfully most of them came to a peaceful end. We did have one that ended with a man taking his own life. Sadly, we see more of these kinds of incidents around the holidays.”
According to an article published by The Hoog Foundation for Mental Health, suicide claims 800,000 lives a year.
They highlight a critical resource: “The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK), a self-described “public safety net” that connects callers with counselors at 150+ crisis centers across the nation. Six of those centers are located in Texas: two in Houston, and one in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, and Fort Worth. The service is free and confidential. Last year, the Lifeline received more than 2 million calls. It’s a vital resource that touches countless lives.”
What to Expect if You Call
According to the same article, “When callers dial 1-800-273-TALK, they’re connected to the nearest accredited crisis center. If call volume at the nearest center is at capacity, the call is answered by a network backup center. More than 85 percent of calls are routed in 30 seconds or less.”