Man who sought to die gives up af­ter stand­off

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

A two-hour stand­off be­tween of­fi­cers and a 31-year-old man who wanted them to kill him ended with­out in­jury, town po­lice said Mon­day.

James E. Havens was taken into cus­tody af­ter the stand­off, which oc­curred late Sun­day af­ter­noon at 4 Water­town Road in Hyde Park, po­lice said.

Po­lice said they re­ceived a call about 4:30 p.m. from Havens, who told them that he had stabbed him­self in a bath­room in the home. When of­fi­cers ar­rived, Havens was on the front porch was wav­ing a kitchen knife, po­lice said.

“He told re­spond­ing of­fi­cers re­peat­edly that he wanted the po­lice to shoot him and ‘end it

all right now,’” po­lice said is a press re­lease. “He also stated to re­spond­ing of­fi­cers that ‘I’m go­ing to die tonight, so why don’t one of you walk through the door so you can come with me?’”

Of­fi­cers were told by Haven’s fa­ther that there were firearms in the house, po­lice said.

Po­lice said Havens even­tu­ally went back into the house and be­gan throw­ing ob­jects at the Hyde Park of­fi­cers, who were joined at the scene by mem­bers of the state po­lice, the Pough­keep­sie Po­lice Depart­ment, the Dutchess County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, the Hyde Park Fire Depart­ment and paramedics.

Ne­go­tia­tors from the

state po­lice, the sher­iff’s of­fice and the Pough­keep­sie po­lice were able to es­tab­lish talks with Havens and the sher­iff’s Emer­gency Ser­vices Unit sur­rounded the house, po­lice said.

“Af­ter ap­prox­i­mately two hours of spo­radic con­tact with the sub­ject in which he would be­come in­creas­ingly ag­i­tated and threat­en­ing and ul­ti­mately dis­con­nect, the sub­ject agreed to come out of the house,” Hyde Park po­lice said.

Havens was found to have suf­fered su­per­fi­cial cuts and was taken to MidHud­son Regional Hos­pi­tal in Pough­keep­sie for treat­ment and a men­tal health eval­u­a­tion, po­lice said.

Po­lice did not im­me­di­ately say whether Havens would face any crim­i­nal charges. They said the mat­ter re­mained un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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