We see it all the time on TV when a domestic quarrel turns deadly. Such situations are often the most dangerous kind of emergency call sheriff’s deputies, state troopers and police officers respond too.
Wednesday morning Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to a domestic disturbance on a road just north of Toledo. The call came in from a woman who said she and her husband were quarreling. Suddenly he said he was going to go upstairs and get one of his guns and shoot himself. Officers raced to the scene and managed to get the wife outside and away from the scene. The other officers started calling out to the husband to come out without his gun, and with his hands up.
Fortunately, patience on the part of the officers paid off. The man eventually came out and surrendered himself.
So many times we read in the newspapers or see on the TV news these scenarios rushed by an order to subdue or pressure an already distraught individual out and into the open, or failing that, “going in to neutralize a hazard.” Our Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department obviously takes a more professionally safe and calculated approach to such incidents. Certainly there are other situations in which bolder action is required. But it is comforting to know that compassion and patience with deeply troubled people is their first option.
And for that our community should be very grateful.