Employee of police department threatened suicide

COMANCHE — An employee from the Comanche Police Department who was threatening suicide was talked out of committing the act Thursday after about five hours, with several law enforcement agencies on scene.

In a press release issued by the Comanche Police Department late Thursday, the Texas Department of Safety Crisis Negotiators was “able to make contact with our employee and (bring) this crisis to a peaceful end.” The employee, whose identity will not be released due to the incident being a “mental crisis,” is being evaluated at an area hospital. Police said no criminal acts were involved.

The standoff, which was “cleared peacefully” at around 3:45 p.m., according to a Facebook post by The Comanche Chief, required the Texas Department of Public Safety, The Abilene Police Department and a SWAT team to assist.

Police said the standoff, at 104 Gettysburg Dr., started around 10:30 a.m. when officers received a call to check the welfare of an employee of the Comanche Police Department, which then received information that the employee was threatening suicide. Police said several attempts were made to establish communication but failed.

In a phone call to the Bulletin at 12:45 p.m., a resident of the neighborhood where the standoff occurred said residents on the street behind nearby Comanche High School were evacuated. The resident, speaking on the terms of anonymity, said officers from Waco also arrived on Gettysburg Street, which occupies seven homes.