GOSHEN — A man was taken to a mental health facility after police responded to threats he made to harm himself and others.
Goshen police blocked off Fifth Street between Madison and Jefferson Friday afternoon.
For public safety reasons, other residents from the apartment building at 317 S. Fifth St. were evacuated.
Shortly after 5 p.m., police officers were seen leading a man in handcuffs away from the building. The man surrendered to police and was transported without incident to a mental healthcare facility.
Zach Ganger was home at 313 S. Fifth St. when police vehicles started arriving in his neighborhood shortly after 4 p.m.
“We just saw a bunch of police cars out there and so we looked out the window and then more and more kept coming,” Ganger said outside the cordoned-off area. “Then we saw a detective walk up to the door. My mom asked if we should leave, and he said, ‘Yeah, there’s a threat,’ so we should leave.”
A woman who declined to give her name said she was home at the apartment house at 317 S. Fifth when the incident began.
“I was washing dishes and I look out my window and I see a cop crouching behind a car, and I see he has his gun drawn,” she said. “And then I hear a knock on my door and I’m thinking the worst, like in a movie where someone opens up the door and they’re going to take you hostage or something. And I wait a little bit. They were like, ‘Police, let’s go.’”
The woman said a police officer started talking about an individual — “suicidal, homicidal, something was wrong” — and that they were asking people to evacuate.”
The woman complied.
“They were very nice in trying to get me to leave,” she said of police.