LITTLEROCK – A local military veteran was placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold Monday after barricading himself in a bedroom for more than an hour. The man was upset because deputies responding to a domestic dispute shot the man’s dog, authorities said.
“We’re dealing with a man who’s spent 15 years in the military…possibly suffering from PTSD and had made threats in the past about possible suicide, so our number one concern then became helping this man get the help he needed,” said Sgt. David Sauer of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.”
The incident began about 12:45 p.m. at a residence in the 36400 block of Colcord Street.
“Deputies got a call of [a] domestic violence dispute here at this address. They get here, they contact a woman who had an argument with her husband, and there may have been some domestic battery that occurred,” Sauer said.
The woman stepped out of the house and the responding deputies entered the home to speak with the husband, Sauer said. He said deputies began calling out for the husband and checking rooms in the home.
“When the deputy opens up one of the rooms, a big Rottweiler dog comes out. The deputy tries to close the door to keep the Rottweiler in, but the Rottweiler is able to get out,” Sauer said.
The dog charged at the deputy, and the deputy kicked at the dog before firing three shots, according to Sauer.
“At least one strikes the dog somewhere in his torso, but the dog walked out… on his own with animal control and was taken to the vet,” Sauer said.
Deputies contained the location, and the man went into a bedroom, closed the door and refused to speak to deputies.
“We found out, as more relatives came, that there were in fact guns in the house, so we cleared the house and secured the weapons,” Sauer said, adding that he eventually made contact with the man and talked to him through the bedroom door.
“[I] was able to talk him into opening up the door and showing us his hands and that he didn’t have any weapons. It was obvious that he was distraught and upset. We assured him that we were here to help him, and he allowed us to come in and handcuff him without any further incident,” Sauer said.
The man, whose name was not released, was not being arrested, according to Sauer.
“He’s being placed on a 72-hour psychiatric evaluation observation hold so that he can get the psychiatric help that he needs,” Sauer said.