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MCSO: 'Mental health crisis' underway on Route 250 in Penfield

WHECTV
Updated: June 29, 2020 11:08 PM
Created: June 29, 2020 05:25 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies say they are working to de-escalate a mental health crisis on Route 250 in Penfield.

Deputies say the person involved is a 40 to 60-year-old male, and the incident began late Monday afternoon when the man's parole officer made deputies aware of a possible health crisis.

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When deputies arrived, he initially didn't cooperate, and Chief Deputy Michael Fowler says he made alarming comments.

"He has made some comments that are very alarming to us," Fowler said. "And, he does have the means. That's why the bomb squad is here. We are just being very careful. We don't… He is not threatening any bombs or anything like that. We are just being very cautious about what he might do and some of the comments he has made so far." 

Fowler said during an update at 9 p.m. that after several hours they were able to make contact with the man after he was initially reluctant to speak, though the talks haven't been as productive as they would like.

Route 250 is closed between Atlantic Avenue and Glendonwood Drive, and the neighboring homes have been asked to shelter in place.

Deputies say the road will likely remain closed for several hours as they work with family and health professionals to communicate with the man.

Deputies say they are taking a slow approach, and treating the situation as a mental health issue.

"If that means it's going to take all night, we're prepared to do that," Fowler said.

Fowler said they are fairly confident he does not have firearms in the house, and the man is the only one inside.

The threats made involve "fire" according to Fowler, though he says the man is not threatening to harm others.

RG&E was called to the scene to assess any possible threats that utilities could pose to surrounding houses.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is asking people to avoid the area.

Watch News10NBC Today Tuesday morning for the latest on this developing story.


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