WATERVILLE — Police Monday afternoon took a man into protective custody on Toward Street after receiving a call from a crisis worker that the man was threatening to commit suicide with a gun.

Police surrounded an apartment house at 10 Toward St. after receiving the report at 1:37 p.m. and the crisis worker made phone contact with the man, while relaying information to the police communications center, according to police Chief Joseph Massey, who was at the scene.

The crisis worker was able to convince the man to come out of the apartment without the gun, he said.

At 2:17 p.m., a man emerged from the building with one hand raised in the air and the other holding a cellphone to his ear. Police handcuffed him and placed him in a cruiser. Massey said he was going to be taken to a hospital.

“We did recover a loaded semiautomatic 380 pistol in the apartment,” Massey said.

Toward Street is off Maple St., which curves around the back of the former John Martin’s Manor off College Avenue.

Amy Calder — 861-9247
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