CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Blvd
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Date: July 28, 2011
Subject: Cape Coral Police Peacefully Resolve Barricaded-Subject Incident
Cape Coral Police responded to 3516 Delilah Drive at 8:40am in reference to a report of a woman experiencing an acute mental health episode. The caller told police that an adult female was inside of the home, armed with a hammer believing that her life was being threatened.
Cape Coral Police Officers responded to the home moments later. Officers established a perimeter around the home and secured the surrounding neighborhood due to the information provided that there were additional weapons inside of the home.
Officers attempted to establish contact with the woman and have her come outside voluntarily and be evaluated by medical personnel.
Officers attempted to have the female exit the home for a few hours without success. After assessing all of the information, commanders at the scene determined that it was essential to make contact with the woman, due to the risk of her harming herself. A small team of Cape Coral Police Officers entered the home and peacefully took the woman into protective custody.
The woman was then delivered to a mental health receiving facility for an evaluation under the Baker Act without incident.
"Our officers and Supervisors train for these situations and are prepared for them before they start. Often times we hear about dynamic situations involving emotionally charged and/or mentally ill subjects ending in tragedy. With our advanced training on dealing with these individuals, we minimize the chances of that happening here. Basically, the Cape Coral Police Department didn't wait for a bad ending to see the need to train."- Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.