Dover police convince local man to go to hospital for evaluation
DOVER — After receiving word that a man could be a danger to himself or others, police took extra measures to help a resident at Cricket Brook Apartments Tuesday afternoon, according to Police Capt. Bill Breault.
Area police, firefighters and emergency personnel responded around 1:30 p.m. to the apartment complex at 93 Henry Law Ave. to escort a man in his 40s to a court-ordered psychological evaluation at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.
While his identity was not released, Breault stressed that the man, who is well-known to the department, was not charged with a crime and does not have a criminal history in the city. Nonetheless, Breault said police decided to be cautious, especially since the man possessed firearms.
Members of the Strafford County Regional Tactical Team responded to help local police as a department negotiator called the man on the phone, Breault said.
“He was able to negotiate a peaceful surrender,” Breault said, adding it took about 30 minutes overall.
Breault said the man was taken to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, where he will be under guard as he undergoes the evaluation.
As a precaution, Breault said police secured the firearms, which will be held until the results of the evaluation are completed.
“He will have to petition the court to get them back,” Breault said, who added that police can make their case if they feel the man remains a danger.