A man held members of the Conway Police Department, including the SWAT team, at bay for about two hours Wednesday evening before being taken into custody without incident.
Officers had responded to a similar incident in 2010 when the man told friends he was going to kill himself. According to reports, officers transported him to the hospital and then to the Faulkner County Detention Center, where he was cited with an offense of drunk or insane person. He was then held for an evaluation by Counseling Associates.
The man received the same citation for this week’s incident, which drew the attention of officers because of the weapons the man told neighbors he had in the home on Center Street.
According to La Tresha Woodruff, public information officer for the Conway Police Department, "When the officers arrived at the home, neighbors told them that the man had said he was going into his home and if they called the police, he would shoot the officers as well as harm himself."
"Based on that information and the fact that the man refused to come out of his home or allow anyone in, the SWAT team was called to handle the situation," Woodruff said.
When officers finally made contact with the man, he stated that he had been drinking whiskey and that he had taken 12 Xanax pills as well as 12 pain killers. He also told officers that while he had not intended to harm anyone but himself, he did think about shooting his weapons.
According to the police report, the man told officers, "I wasn’t trying to hurt anyone else, but I thought about coming outside with a gun and shooting at y’all so y’all would have to shoot me."
(Candie Beck is a staff writer and can be reached at 505-1238 or at firstname.lastname@example.org)