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Brad Parscale, senior digital consultant for Trump campaign and former campaign director, was unintentionally hospitalized after his wife told police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Sunday afternoon that Parscale had access to guns and threatened to take harm. bad.
Parscale was taken to a hospital under Florida’s Baker Act designed to provide emergency help to people going through a mental health crisis.
The police “went home to the Seven Isles community, an affluent area where homes have access to water,” reports the WLRN member station. “They made contact, ‘developed a relationship’ and negotiated his exit from the house, police said in a statement.”
“We went out and it was very short. We went to get him for help,” said Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Karen Dietrich, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
A police report describes the call as a suicide attempt. The report, released Monday morning, said police were called by a woman who said Parscale may have shot himself because he was heard “raging and raving about something” before a gunshot was fired.
That initial call to the police appears to have come from a real estate agent, who said a woman approached and said her husband may have shot himself. At the time, the caller was at a home from Parscale’s residence. The caller told police that he could not confirm Parscale’s condition because they were afraid to enter the house.
Candice Parscale told police she ran away from home after being very alarmed by her behavior, local television station WPLG reported.
As the police tried to understand the circumstances inside the house, they learned there were more weapons there, including handguns and rifles.
Parscale began barricading himself inside and repeatedly hung up attempts to talk to him, the police report said. But he later talked to the negotiators. And at one point, the report states, he drank a beer in his driveway. It has been more than 3 hours since the agents arrived around 3:43 pm. when the meeting was deemed concluded, just before 7pm, according to the report.
Parscale has been in charge of President Trump’s re-election campaign for more than two years. But he was demoted from that post in July. Since then he has been a senior consultant specializing in digital and data strategies.
“Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we all love him,” Trump’s campaign said in a statement sent to NPR’s Tamara Keith. “We are ready to support him and his family in any way possible.”
If you or someone you know is in crisis, help is available. Call the National life line for suicide prevention to 1-800-273-8255, or go here to chat online.