Armed man experiencing mental health crisis, shot by police

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Armed man experiencing mental health crisis, shot by police

11 NEWS. ♪ ANDRE: THANK YOU. WE ARE FOLLOWING SOME BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT AT HARFORD COUNTY WHERE A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS CALL ENDED WITH SHERIFFS DEPUTIES SHOOTING A MAN. INVESTIGATORS SAY DEPUTIES ARE CALLED TO A HOME ON SURELY DRIVE IN BEL AIR AROUND 2:30 THIS AFTERNOON WHERE WILLIAM HAWKINS WAS HAVING AN APPARENT CRISIS. AFTER TWO HOURS OF NEGOTIATIONS, HAWKINS CAME OUT OF THE HOME HOLDING A HANDGUN. DEPUTIES DEMANDED HE DROP THE GUN AND OPENED FIRE WHEN HE DID NOT COMPLY. HOPKINS WAS THROWN — FLOWN TO SHOCK TRAUMA AND IS I

Police shoot armed man experiencing mental health crisis in Bel Air

An armed man was shot by police on Thursday after experiencing a potential mental health crisis situation in Bel Air.According to the Harford County Sheriff’s Department (HSCO), around 2:25 p.m., deputies were called to the area of the 1400 block of Shirley Drive in Bel Air for a man experiencing a mental health crisis, displaying erratic behavior, and having delusions. Early information indicated the man possessed multiple firearms. Deputies attempted to contact the man, identified as William Lee Hawkins, 41, and a safe area was established around the home and neighbors were evacuated. Additional resources were called in, including the HCSO Special Response Team, Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT), and the Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit. According to the police report, prior to the arrival of the additional units, deputies heard gunshots coming from the home. Negotiators arrived and immediately began working with mental health professionals and family members in an attempt to bring the barricade to a peaceful resolution. Phone contact was made with Hawkins by the CNT, and conversations continued for nearly an hour. Then around 4:30 p.m., according to officials, Hawkins left the home armed with a handgun. As he approached the deputies, he refused to comply with commands, and surrender, forcing deputies to fire at Hawkins. Emergency Medical Services began to render aid, and Hawkins was airlifted to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. He was alert, conscious, and speaking to first responders at the time of transport. At this time, he is in stable but serious condition. No deputies were injured, and two have been placed on routine administrative leave. Hawkins is facing charges of multiple firearms violations and reckless endangerment. The investigation was assumed by detectives from the HCSO Criminal Investigations Division (CID), and additionally, in accordance with Maryland law and HCSO policy, MD Attorney General’s Independent Investigations Division (IID) was contacted and responded.This story will be updated.

An armed man was shot by police on Thursday after experiencing a potential mental health crisis situation in Bel Air.

According to the Harford County Sheriff’s Department (HSCO), around 2:25 p.m., deputies were called to the area of the 1400 block of Shirley Drive in Bel Air for a man experiencing a mental health crisis, displaying erratic behavior, and having delusions. Early information indicated the man possessed multiple firearms.

Deputies attempted to contact the man, identified as William Lee Hawkins, 41, and a safe area was established around the home and neighbors were evacuated. Additional resources were called in, including the HCSO Special Response Team, Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT), and the Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit.

According to the police report, prior to the arrival of the additional units, deputies heard gunshots coming from the home. Negotiators arrived and immediately began working with mental health professionals and family members in an attempt to bring the barricade to a peaceful resolution. Phone contact was made with Hawkins by the CNT, and conversations continued for nearly an hour.

Then around 4:30 p.m., according to officials, Hawkins left the home armed with a handgun. As he approached the deputies, he refused to comply with commands, and surrender, forcing deputies to fire at Hawkins. Emergency Medical Services began to render aid, and Hawkins was airlifted to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

He was alert, conscious, and speaking to first responders at the time of transport. At this time, he is in stable but serious condition. No deputies were injured, and two have been placed on routine administrative leave. Hawkins is facing charges of multiple firearms violations and reckless endangerment.

The investigation was assumed by detectives from the HCSO Criminal Investigations Division (CID), and additionally, in accordance with Maryland law and HCSO policy, MD Attorney General’s Independent Investigations Division (IID) was contacted and responded.

This story will be updated.