SWAT, police take Brighton Heights man for evaluation


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Pittsburgh police and SWAT took a man into custody for a mental health evaluation today in Brighton Heights after he called 911 and told police if they responded, "he had something for them," police said.

Zone 1 Cmdr. RaShall Brackney said Lonnie Wade, 33, was more of a threat to himself than anyone else and will not face criminal charges.

Mr. Wade didn't claim to have weapons and police hadn't discovered any after he surrendered, though Cmdr. Brackney said his threat to police warranted that they take every precaution.

Brighton standoff ends with man taken into custody

Pittsburgh police and SWAT took a man into custody for a mental health evaluation after he called 911 with a veiled threat. (Video by Michael Henninger; 4/28/2014)

Mr. Wade told emergency dispatchers at 12:34 p.m. that he called 911 after someone tried killing him in his dreams, the commander said. He told police not to respond, as "he had something for them," she said.

He also told police he had been shot in the face about a decade ago, she said.

Negotiations by phone were successful for about an hour, until police lost contact with Mr. Wade, who was in a third-floor apartment in the 1800 block of Termon Avenue, Cmdr. Brackney said.

Mr. Wade surrendered at about 4:30 p.m. after police told him they'd secured a warrant for a mental health evaluation, she said.

Before being taken into custody, Mr. Wade is thought to have drunk bleach, Cmdr. Brackney said, prompting a physical examination as well.


Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.

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