Police Rescue Armed and Despondent Man at West Dennis Beach

Yarmouth and Dennis police rescued a 55-year-old Yarmouth man who was armed and despondent following a three-hour standoff.


The Yarmouth Police Department contacted the Dennis police Thursday at 12:42 p.m. regarding a 55-year-old Yarmouth man who had threatened to harm himself and was believed to be at a south side beach in Dennis, according to a press release.

Dennis Police Officers checked all south side beaches and found the subject’s vehicle at West Dennis Beach. Police Officers from Dennis and Yarmouth as well as Officers from the Yarmouth Department of Natural Resources began looking for the subject in the beach and jetty area.

Rescuers found the man at the end of West Dennis Beach on the rock jetty. The subject was holding a pair of shears in his hand and threatened to harm himself with the shears if police came near him. Officers also noted an injury to his left wrist.

Police closed off the end of West Dennis Beach and established a command post. The Dennis and Yarmouth Fire Departments were also on scene. The Dennis Fire Department launched their rescue boat.

Police talked to the subject for nearly three hours before the subject surrendered peacefuly and was taken to Cape Cod Hospital for a mental health evaluation and treatment.


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