Former Donald Trump campaign director Brad Parscale was hospitalized after threatening to harm himself, according to Florida police and campaign officials.
Police were called to the Desota Drive home in the Seven Isles community of Fort Lauderdale, Florida late Sunday afternoon. The house is owned by Bradley and Candice Parscale.
“When the officers arrived at the scene, they made contact with the reportee (wife of the armed subject) who informed that her husband was armed, had access to multiple firearms inside the residence and threatened to harm himself Fort Lauderdale police said in a statement.
“The agents determined that the only occupant inside the house was the adult male. The officers made contact with the male, developed a relationship and negotiated safely for him to leave the house. “
Police identified the man as Parscale. He did not threaten the police and voluntarily accompanied officers under the Florida Baker Act, which gives police the power to detain a person who poses a potential threat to themselves or others for 72 hours for a psychiatric evaluation.
Parscale was taken to Broward Health Medical Center.
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Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said he was informed there was a stalemate in the Swat team at Parscale’s home.
“I was indicated that he had weapons,” Trantalis told the Sun-Sentinel.
“I’m glad he didn’t hurt himself or others, I commend our Swat team for being able to negotiate a peaceful conclusion to this.”
Parscale was removed from his post as Trump’s campaign manager in July after a highly publicized election rally in Tulsa drew an embarrassing crowd.
He was replaced by then Deputy Campaign Director Bill Stepien, but remained as Senior Campaign Advisor. On his Twitter account, Parscale calls himself “senior advisor, digital and data” for Donald Trump.
Trump’s campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh released a statement late Sunday offering support to Parscale.
“Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we all love him. We are ready to support him and his family in any way possible. “
In the United States, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255, or you can text HOME at 741741 to get in touch with an emergency counselor. In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In Australia, the Lifeline Crisis Assistance Service is 13 11 14. Other international suicide help lines can be found at www.befrienders.org.