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Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015
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Man surrenders after negotiations

Highlands Today staff report

SEBRING - A Sebring area man who apparently threatened to commit suicide Wednesday evening and barricaded himself in his house surrendered himself to Highlands County Sheriff's Office negotiation team members following negotiations, authorities said.

Nell Hays, public information officer for the sheriff's office, said she believed that based on preliminary information the sheriff's office had received a call that a man was threatening suicide.

The incident lasted about 1 1/2 hours and ended around 5:30 p.m., she said, adding that no hostages were involved.

The man was "Baker Acted," she said.

Through reverse 911 calls, nearby residents on Sparta Circle were notified to stay inside, as a precaution. Following the incident, they were to have received calls that the situation was resolved, Hays said.

Under the Baker Act, individuals can be involuntary examined if there's evidence they have mental illness or that they are a threat to themselves or others.