Woman with pel­let gun wanted to die, po­lice say

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

KINGSTON >> City po­lice were able to pre­vent a woman from com­mit­ting “sui­cide by cop” dur­ing an early morn­ing in­ci­dent Thurs­day, De­tec­tive Lt. Thierry Croizer said.

In a let­ter posted on Facebook, Croizer said that at 3:15 a.m,. Kingston po­lice re­ceived a 911 call from a woman re­port­ing shots fired in an apart­ment at 82 Cedar St. When of­fi­cers ar­rived, they were con­fronted by a 22-year-old woman hold­ing what ap­peared to be a hand­gun, he said.

Croizer said of­fi­cers, while in the con­fined space of an apart­ment en­try­way, were able to con­vince the woman to put down the gun. The of­fi­cers then were able to take the woman into cus­tody with­out any in­jury, he said.

“Af­ter the fe­male was taken into cus­tody, it was de­ter­mined that the gun was a pel­let gun that was in­dis­cernible from a real hand­gun,” Croizer said. “It was also learned that the ini­tial in­tent of the fe­male was to com­mit ‘sui­cide by cop.’” He said the woman in­stead was taken to Health-Al­liance Hos­pi­tal for eval­u­a­tion and treat­ment.

The woman’s name was not pro­vided.

Croizer said the of­fi­cers were faced by a per­son in emo­tional cri­sis and act­ing in a dan­ger­ous man­ner. He said if it had not been for the ex­ten­sive train­ing the of­fi­cers reg­u­larly re­ceive, the sit­u­a­tion could have had a much dif­fer­ent re­sult.

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