Off-duty officer threatens suicide at Mayfaire apartment


A police standoff that started around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, ended peacefully without incident almost 12 hours later.

The Wilmington Police Department responded to a call about a male off-duty Wilmington Police officer living in the Reserve at Mayfaire apartment complex.

In an email, WPD public information officer Linda Rawley stated family members of the off-duty officer told WPD the subject had barricaded himself in his apartment and was threatening to commit suicide.

Patrols cars blocked all entrances close to the apartment and traffic was redirected away from the vicinity. Outside the apartment officers wearing bulletproof vests, medics and negotiators were visible.

Throughout the day, the WPD said officers were working on a sensitive matter in the area and that there was no immediate threat to the public.

Wilmington SWAT officers, New Hanover County Sheriff deputies and New Hanover County EMS worked to resolve the situation around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The off-duty officer was taken into custody and immediately transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for an evaluation.

WPD did not release the name of the officer by press time.



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