Police give insight into Mayfaire standoff

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Submitted: Fri, 06/27/2014 - 2:45am
Updated: Fri, 06/27/2014 - 5:06pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– On the heels of the ‘critical incident’ Tuesday, questions arose about just what the police response entailed.

WWAY got an inside look into those crucial moments when one officer’s life was on the line.

“It’s not an easy yes or no answer because in this particular situation because he had a police radio that could hear everything where everyone was,” said Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous.

He could also hear how police were responding to the call about an officer in crisis.

“That’s what I’m getting ready to set up now,” said an officer on police radio traffic released Thursday. “We’ve got one side blocked off. I’m gonna have one of the other units set up now.”

Early on, you can hear the distress in the responding officers’ voices.

“If you would call the mother, and see if there’s a number where I can call and speak with that subject directly,” said another officer referring to the subject, an officer who was suicidal barricaded inside of a Mayfaire apartment.

“Have all units, EMS and patrol,” said an officer on their radio. “Stay away from the intersection of Parker Farms and Town Center. That’s right where his apartment faces.”

Police were actually changing their tactical response to respond to one of their own.

“We had to try to keep things as quiet as possible and go dark as much as we could until we could get everything set up and in place there,” said Evangelous, “If you are not happy in your home life you cannot function in your job. You can’t do it, especially in this job.”

Evangelous said time in this instance was their friend. The more time that passed, the better chance of a positive outcome. He added that striking a balance between public interest and ensuring the safety of the man barricaded inside became a focal point.

“In this particular situation, I think we struck the balance we had to based on what the facts were,” said Evangelous.

W.P.D. has not yet reviewed the incident.

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25 Comments on "Police give insight into Mayfaire standoff"

2015 years 8 months ago

I disagree…Does the average citizen risk their life every day like an officer does? Does the average citizen have vengeful gangs going after them and their families just for doing their job? Does the average citizen have their lives picked apart like you’re doing here? These officers are not average citizens. Aren’t they the first ones YOU call in an emergency?

Dr. Walter Bishop, Fringe Division
2015 years 8 months ago

Questioning the cops does not make one a cop hater. People have the right to be weary of the WPD with the sheer number of questionable actions over the last few years. The concern of the OP is justified, I have lived here 20 years and cannot recall a situation where an entire neighborhood was shut down for the better part of a day over one person. I do recall, however, numerous situations exactly like this over the years (where someone threatens suicide and barricades themselves inside) and the police response paled in comparison.

The point people are making is that there is a clear and evident divide between how the WPD treats their own versus how they respond to an average citizen.

2015 years 8 months ago

You can believe the hype….but the Police Chief and the Sheriff are cut from the same mold..both are corrupt .Lucky for this guy he worked for them,,he could of been shot 27 times for just having his radio….

2015 years 8 months ago

Cop hater much?

2015 years 8 months ago

Got news for you buddy, there are a lot of parents employed in as dangerous or a lot more so and police officers do not have exclusives when it comes to familys worrying about their parents coming home, a roofers job is a 100 times more dangerous than 99.9% of law enforcement, a lot of us have less than ideal jobs, but most of us aren’t always making the kind of statements that you infer on a regular basis, if it were so dangerous the majority of people would never chose to enter law enforcement in the first place. We all have to put up with crap in our daily lives, we do what we have to to provide for our family’s, and we do it without constant complaining.

help save us from the WPD
2015 years 8 months ago

OMG!!! So we just are average citizens, the police do not do their job when called. The only time they are quick to do their job is if they can make some money for the court system by giving the “average citizen” a ticket. To all who ever need assistance…don’t waste your time calling these thugs with guns into your home… Anyone want the officer that was waving a gun around and took a SWAT team to take him down, coming to rescue you…..the truth is coming out…it is becoming apparent what kind of people the Wilmington Police Department is made of.

guest 757
2015 years 8 months ago

I do agree with you on this matter.. If it was an average citizen things would have (and have been ) done differently. I do understand that he had a police radio and things changed because of that, but come on 12 hours…

Also, his name would have been made public by the next day.

This is very clear to us that WPD and average people are treated differently…

2015 years 8 months ago

No they don’t, and neither does a police officer, if they did, there wouldn’t be every little bullied school kid wearing a badge.

2015 years 8 months ago

Every time a police officer leaves the house to go to work, he leaves behind a family who wonders if he will come home at the end of the day. You wouldn’t believe the kinds of things that officers deal with on a daily basis and they should be applauded for the crap that they put up with. I bet you wouldn’t last a day in their shoes.

2015 years 8 months ago

Was wondering if anyone knew how the the officer was doing now.. Only bc I was locked up in the same pyschiatric hospital he was in and let me tell u that place completely sucked and was so not beneficial at all..

2015 years 8 months ago

Not necessarily. The officer may have had a landline, or he could have possibly had two cell phones – one for work, one for personal.

Additionally, contacting family members is standard protocol in incidents like this. Frequently, family members are the only ones a person in crisis might be willing to speak with.

2015 years 8 months ago

Why would his mother need to be called for contact info. Wouldn’t his Sergent have all this information or human resources?

2015 years 8 months ago

The gun grabbing anti gun crowd usually says cops should be the only ones trusted with guns, because they are “fully qualified.” They also constantly beat the drum that anyone with a gun should be constantly psychoanalyzed to make sure they don’t have mental issues. And that guns should be kept locked away because they are too easy to use for suicide. They are awful quiet on instances like this, or the Horry County SC cop Tysheena May who shot herself while drunk and was not reprimanded or fired by the chief, or the liberal Obama loving SWAT cop turned killer Chris Dorner in California (google it.) etc etc etc….

Maybe cops should turn their guns in at the station after every shift to be locked up until the next shift? Like in England, the example the anti gun crowd loves to point to? Maybe cops should be given mental health evaluations once a month? Maybe cops should not be allowed to purchase fully automatic weapons? Maybe cops should only have 7 rds of ammo to minimize trigger happy collateral damage? Just thinking like a liberal/leftist/progressive/Democrat. Except they only want to disarm the law abiding with their sliding scale gun control.

2015 years 8 months ago

7:30 am in the morning and you have nothing better to do than post a rambling rant about guns and Obama? Get a job and contribute something to society rather than take and complain.

help save us from the wilmington police department
2015 years 8 months ago

The truth is coming out. Wilmington is full of corruptions and the police chief is a high paid puppet. And somebody up high likes it this way. No good policeman would ever tolerate working for the Wilmington Police Department, they are scraping the bottom of the barrel, probably shipping these thugs in from some where. Who did they work for before? My guess would be organized crime. This is an example of corruption at it’s finest. This police officer is not mentally ill. The people on here calling him mentally ill are taking advantage of you and your sympathies…..don’t be fooled, these gun toting thugs would not hesitate to use their gun on the mentally ill!

2015 years 8 months ago

This officer is a good person- was very good at his job and extremely smart. I hope he is getting the help he needs. WPD did a great job. The public’s need for information could have been a danger to this individual. By keeping things under wraps, especially when he had access to all of their communication methods, they helped save this man. They shouldn’t have to apologize for doing their jobs.

2015 years 8 months ago

Nice to see they care so much about their fellow officers, would suicidal civilians have received all this special, very costly to the taxpayers, treatment?

Heimie Schmelter
2015 years 8 months ago

Even for idiots like you that ask stupid questions…in public!

2015 years 8 months ago

I have seen this happen with a civilian before. A couple of years ago, there was a family that lived two houses down from me. They were going through some tough times and the dad locked himself in the house with a gun. I cannot remember how many police officers were there, but there were a lot. It didn’t take eleven hours to get him out, but it did take a while to talk him down.

2015 years 8 months ago

You don’t like taxpayers talking about their perception of police services in public? Should we just keep quiet? How are the jackboots fitting?

2015 years 8 months ago

I had no idea that Wilmington had such paranoid and hateful people. Aren’t you haters the same people who were applauding when WPD does use deadly force on some of “those” people in the poor community that you are so afraid of. But all of a sudden one of their own needs help and WPD is now hypocritical, and their ranks are composed of thugs. Please… Mental illness affects over 57 million people in the US according to the National Institute of Mental Illness. This officer needed help and their coworkers helped him. I know all of you who wrote your poisonous comments won’t care what I have written here but maybe those of you who aren’t crazier than these other idiots might consider putting something helpful and supportive in this comment area for this officer who swore an oath to serve and protect us. Let’s be troll killers.

help save us from the wpd
2015 years 8 months ago

This police officer is not mentally ill, you just make this up to protect him. It is the police in this town that constantly abuse the mentally ill. You showed yourself when you spoke of the poor neighborhoods. Didn’t Ben David himself have to go after one these cops for inhumane and cruel punishment of a sixteen year old. The WPD’s reputation speaks for it self, uncaring and inhumane of the mentally ill and thug behavior towards others is in the news all the time. The mentally ill are either killed on the spot or thrown in jail with no medications and no mental evaluations. But this cop had a gun and a SWAT team, he does not have a diagnosed mental illness. Cover up, corruption it is all around us.

Kris C
2015 years 8 months ago

Writer, get to to the point in the opening sentence, not paragraph 7. Some journalism profs and news directors, thinking they’re so innovative, keep playing around and changing the hard and fast rules of writing and speaking English, so much so it really isn’t a pleasure to read or listen to news delivery anymore. No wonder the news media is in trouble.

2015 years 8 months ago

“This police officer is not mentally ill, you just make this up to protect him.”

Oh, yes. Because being suicidal is the clearest sign that a person is not mentally unstable. Having a weapon and threatening to use it on yourself is a true hallmark that all’s well inside your head.

“It is the police in this town that constantly abuse the mentally ill.”

Really? Constantly? CONSTANTLY? Please provide dates and locations of this “constant” abuse. If you can’t, it’s just ridiculous exaggeration on your part to make such a claim as the “constantly” remark, thereby making your argument ridiculous.

“You showed yourself when you spoke of the poor neighborhoods.”

This sentence makes no sense, and you offer no insight as to why you made this comment. What exactly are you trying to say?

“The WPD’s reputation speaks for it self, uncaring and inhumane of the mentally ill and thug behavior towards others is in the news all the time.”

You’re partially correct. WPD’s reputation DOES speak for itself. It is the busiest law agency in this area. Taking someone into protective custody and then taking them to NHRMC for a psych evaluation is standard procedure, and WPD delivers on this every single time they’re faced with someone who appears to be unstable. As far the “thug behavior” goes, the only thugs in Wilmington are the ones making/selling/distributing drugs, shooting guns into residences, taking shots at police officers, etc. But I’m willing to see where this goes, so please…provide a list of dates and locations of WPD exhibiting “thug behavior” that is in the news “all the time”. “All the time” means constant, so I’m sure your list will no doubt cover 24/7/365.

“The mentally ill are either killed on the spot or thrown in jail with no medications and no mental evaluations.”

Again, really going to need for you to provide a list of dates and locations where mentally ill people are killed on the spot. Also, WPD and all local law enforcement agencies are required to transport folks for mental evaluations under circumstances where the person’s safety is concerned.

“Cover up, corruption it is all around us.”

*facepalm* Yes. Cover-up occurred here. It happened but no one knows about it. No one knows about it, so therefore it’s NOT being reported on this website and it’s NOT being discussed by citizens because it’s been covered up.

2015 years 8 months ago

At 7:30 am, he could have been on the computer passing the time until it was time to leave for work. At 7:30 am, he could have been just getting home after working the night shift. He could work the evening shift. He could be a teenager who works a part time job. Shoot, he could even be retired. It would be more likely that a person who is posting at 10:25 am is the one who is sitting on his backside and not contributing to society.