01/21/2011

Chief writes letter to explain standoff

"If I were presented with the identical situation again, I would handle it exactly the way it was handled"

Editor's Note: This is a published letter from Phelam Police Chief Joseph Roark defending a 33-hour standoff with a 72-year-old man.

The Lowell Sun

To the citizens of Pelham,

As was reported in the media, your police officers responded to a call for assistance from a wife who came to the police station to advise that her husband was intoxicated and suicidal. She also indicated he was in possession of a handgun and that he had asked her to leave the house. The police department's assistance was then requested in checking her husband's well being.

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