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4/18/2013 2:36:00 PM
Stand off ends peacefully in Verde Heights

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD -- A police situation Wednesday in Verde Heights in Cottonwood drew lots of police and SWAT team members. Roads were closed and roped off and access was restricted but the situation may not have been a stand-off situation.

Cottonwood Police Chief Jody Fanning said the incident was resolved at about 2:30 p.m.. The man has not been charged, but he will spend 72 hours in psychiatric observation.

A friend of the man said the subject, in his 40s, had probably been drinking to excess Tuesday night, became an "emotional drunk," and was probably acting out seeking some attention.

Even though he reportedly had weapons in the small guest house where he was living in Verde Heights it was not believed he was armed or threatening. When he finally came out of the house, he was not in handcuffs and no charges were filed.

Fanning says the incident ended without a shot fired and the subject was taken in for psychiatric evaluation. A week earlier in a similar situation, a suicidal subject actually pointed a gun at police and was shot and killed.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: Are you sure?

Watching the SWAT team in Waterford, I see Berlin.

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: Grateful in a Positive Way

After watching the happenings in Boston the past week, I have to say I am glad that our Cottonwood Police Department is well-rounded and prepared for any disaster. The tragedies you read about every day in the news can happen in a small town, too, folks. Cottonwood PD, keep up the good work of protecting everyday citizens in our town. We appreciate your sacrifices and your families' sacrifices so you can protect us 24/7.

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: Sad but,

I have to agree with our police. Thankfully this time there was a good outcome but I would have done the same thing with the last event. If someone pointed a gun and threatened me I too would have shot the person in self-defense. What other option would I have? Iím sure our police didnít just go out there to kill this person. Iím also sure our police tried talking to this person but it didnít seem to work. There are also other facts to consider such as public safety. Itís sad this happened but our police did the right thing.

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: @ Bob Dunley- Why so mad bro? .

Your beef with the City and the PD seems to be pretty deep seated.

Not sure that anything could be done to satisfy you in any situation... unfortunate that you hold such contempt for those that exist to serve the greater good and your individual safety.

Perhaps you could get to know the city and the PD a bit more than the occasional drive by review of their work in the comments section? It might help foster a more positive environment for all involved.

Until then you have our condolences for having so much to dislike in life, as we all know live is too short to spend it hating/disliking etc...

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Dunley

in typical fashion the police flexing there big wallet to show us who is boss!

Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Just ask a liberal they've got all the answers.

Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Article comment by: Deeply Saddened

I'm certainly not trying to start an up roar but I'm sickened by all the political bull crap statements made in this newspaper post does no one not realize a week before this a similar incident took place and a man's life was taken and the sad thing is some where along the line it probably could've been prevented maybe handled a different way? I know there has been numerous people going off the deep end ever stop to think why? Again I'm not defending people with guns who lose it, I my self have kids and family and would die if anything happened to them so need to get offended all I'm questioning is who was the guy from last week, what went wrong in his world, why was he ready to take his life what happened to him that made LIFE have zero importance??? Regretfully I have to ask what is happening with HUMANITY???

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013
Article comment by: @ vote no... (perhaps the phantom of the 35?) .

Thanks for proving the previous posters point, in spades.

Also- Humv's were no cost and might be good to have when dealing with a known gun enthusiast or other possibilities-

As far as the permanent base adjustment- you might want to know the facts before you get to far along-

if you really want to cap spending at the level it was in the 70's...when we did not have a population of 10 or 12 thousand, or a water company, fire department, rec. center... and other things that folks kind of use on a daily basis... then realize the funding will actually end up as you currently imagine it... horded in a bank and not able to be given back to the citizens through services and goods they already paid for.

A classic case of getting what you asked for, and regretting it once you realize you did not really know what you were asking for.

To be clear- you want to give the state power over our citizens funds rather than the citizens themselves? Seems like the wrong choice.

Also- so glad the incident was resolved with no issues... good job to all involved regardless of what you drove.

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Gotta take a break.Cottonwood is just to messed up.See ya in a month or so.I hope a
sarcastic can cover for me.Vermont in spring
should do it.

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013
Article comment by: Good reason to vote no on more spending

So here we have yet another instance of a completely unnecessary show of force involving the Cottonwood PDs SWAT team.

Do we really need our cops riding around in humvees and dressed up in paramilitary gear?

This is yet more proof, as if we needed any more, of how this city has way more money than it knows how to responsibly spend.

Vote no on permanently increasing the City's ability to tax you more than they already are for such wasteful overkill.

Vote yes and with even more of your money to waste these guys may be tempted to start using their SWAT team to serve parking tickets.

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

How are we gonna look now.Weak and losing
our touch.Cottonwood is now an easy mark.
The crime rate will soar.What were they thinking?

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: Waiting for all the critics and naysayers... .

To either find something negative about the peaceful resolution to the event or actually admit that they may be in the wrong when accusing officers of being trigger happy etc.

In 1...2...3... Go!

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