Update On Shooting Incident And Apology Accepted
In last month's newsletter, an article was written about an incident involving an attempted suicide while Pct. 2 Deputies were trying to serve an eviction. After three gunshots, Pct. 2 Deputies exhibited their courage, training, and restraint and used sound judgment while talking the man out of his bedroom. It was a situation that could have turned out entirely different had these deputies not been properly trained.
After receiving a medical evaluation and a few days being treated in a hospital, the man was extremely grateful and apologetic. He received an overwhelming amount of support after family and friends became aware of his suffering. He insisted that he be allowed to meet the deputies that saved his life that day. The man came to Precinct 2 where he was met by the officers that helped him. He was appreciative for the compassion and respect that he had been shown. He apologized for putting the deputies through the incident. Most of all, it seems he is extremely grateful that he was able to receive treatment for his mental crisis and that deputies did not take his life that day.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and organizations across the nation will be drawing attention to the various and often surprising way mental illness affects people’s lives. Its purpose is to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses, such as the 18.1% of Americans who suffer from depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder; the realities of living with these conditions; and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness. It also aims to draw attention to suicide, which can be precipitated by some mental illnesses. Additionally, Mental Health Awareness Month strives to reduce the stigma (negative attitudes and misconceptions) that surrounds mental illnesses.
Travis County Constable Precinct 2 has and will continue to certify our deputies as Mental Health Officers. It is in incidents like these that we recognize the fact in which mental health can affect anyone regardless of physical health.