Tuesday at approximately 3:00 PM, Shelton Police were dispatched to a residence in the Mountain View area in response to a woman who was suffering from a mental crisis. It was reported that she was potentially suicidal and in need of a welfare check.
Upon arrival, Officer Jason Lawson located the woman attempting to hang herself. Officer Lawson immediately ran to the woman and picked her up to prevent strangulation. Officer Michael DeRoche and Officer Ciara Paulsen arrived shortly thereafter and assisted in freeing the woman. She received treatment from on scene medical personal and was then transported to Mason General Hospital. She has been placed on an involuntary mental health evaluation hold.
The three Shelton Police Officers are credited with preventing the death of a person suffering from a mental crisis. All three officers have recently completed their annual refresher course on Crisis Intervention Training and De-Escalation.
Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States per the CDC. If you are in crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to anyone. All calls are confidential.