A mentally ill Richmond man was taken into custody Thursday, and a half-dozen weapons were seized at his home, after a local pastor alerted authorities about his disturbing text messages, police said.
Officers responded to the man’s home in the 4100 block of Roosevelt Avenue about 12:10 p.m.
They did so after the pastor said the man sent him text messages that were “deranged and homicidal in nature,” police said.
Also earlier in the day, the man’s neighbor saw him place a rifle and a pistol inside a case next to the front door of the home.
“The subject cited that he armed himself, in self defense, against those who were going to ‘get him,’ police said.
Richmond police carried out a tactical plan to lure the man from the home.
“Officers patiently determined that the subject was in need of mental health assistance, as did the subject,” police said.
No one was injured and the man was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.
A search of his home uncovered one rifle, one revolver pistol, one crossbow, four swords, two replica rifles, and two replica machine pistols, police said.
Richmond police officers credited their CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) training, which focuses on how to communicate and engage with the mentally ill population, for diffusing the situation without incident.
“The department is dedicated to providing the best services to everyone and plan to have more officers trained in CIT,” police said.
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