Hyannis – 2/28/13 – Cape Cod Hospital Security, Hyannis Fire Department, and the Barnstable Police all responded to the ‘psyche center’ at 4pm to assist with a troubled young male patient who barricaded himself in one of the rooms.
Emergency workers were successful in defusing the situation. The patient was handcuffed and placed in a Hyannis FD rescue unit and transported to the emergency room.
Less than two hours later,…
…according to police radio traffic, multiple units needed to rapidly return to the psyche center at 5:55pm for the same male patient who reportedly broke a mirror, barricaded himself in a room once again, and began cutting himself with the broken glass… Literally minutes after the call went out, police had arrived and placed him in custody once again, hopefully making him safe for time being. Rescue was also dispatched to transport the patient back over to the emergency room.
Rapid response from police units to the many healthcare facilities in the area of the Hospital is a fairly common daily occurrence. Most of the time they find themselves dealing with the homeless, intoxicated, and/or mentally ill. Such calls are dangerous and have the potential of becoming violent.
Photo: Robert Bastille, Hyannis News