KERENS, WV (LOOTPRESS) – A man was transported to a mental facility Thursday after threatening to kill himself as well as an officer.
Reports from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department indicate that, on Thursday, August 25, 2022, at 2:45pm, Chief Deputy Brad Sharp received notice from a credible source that a threat had been made by an individual to kill “the sheriff” and then himself.
Notice of the threat was given to Sheriff Rob Elbon, Deputies, and Court Security Officers, and a mental hygiene petition was set into motion.
A mental hygiene order pickup was issued and a hearing was scheduled for the subject at Randolph County Magistrate court.
The Mountain Region Special Response Team was alerted due to the nature of the threat – specifically that self-harm and violence towards law enforcement were threatened.
Mobilizing at the Leading Creek Fire Department, the MRSRT proceeded to a nearby residence to execute the pickup order.
The subject was taken into custody outside the residence, and did not resist. Furthermore, no MRSRT members or deputies were injured.
Randolph County EMS SRT units were also on alert as a contingency in the event their was an injury during the execution of the order.
During the hearing, it was determined that the threat had been intended not for Sheriff Elbon as initially believed, but for EPD Patrolman N.G. Elbon.
The subject was transported by deputies to a mental facility for evaluation and treatment.