Tonight, I responded to a gas station because a man barricaded himself in the restroom after breaking into an apartment across the street. I attempted to negotiate as I tried to get him to come out.
At the time, I only knew his first name and nothing else. I later learned his full name and got a cell phone number for him. I stood near the door and talked to him, but I literally was talking to a wall because he wouldn’t respond. I talked and talked for an hour without so much as a peep out of him. I called his phone, but it was turned off.
It seemed like my cat paid more attention to me than this guy.
During that time I learned from family that he had a young son. I thought this was my hook to get through to him, so I steered my negotiation in that direction.
I was met with silence and he eventually started a fire, so officers had to go get him.
Later on, I conducted a records check and learned that his license was suspended. You might wondering a what a suspended license has to do with a barricaded suspect, who started a fire.
It turned out his license was suspended for lack of child support……
I laughed and shook my head when I saw that. I guess that’s why he didn’t open the door when I brought up his son. You just can’t make this stuff up.
Until the next negotiation….