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RHPD responds to shots fired Sunday

POSTED: June 12, 2017 6:33 p.m.

The Richmond Hill Police Department SWAT Team responded to the Cypress Pointe subdivision off Harris Trail Road Sunday afternoon after reports of at least one gunshot being fired.

Capt. Raymond Fowler said officers were dispatched shortly after 3 p.m. when a neighbor called 911 to report a man was standing outside his residence and had fired what the caller believed was a rifle into the air. Traffic entering the subdivision was blocked off until the scene was cleared around 5 p.m.

“We followed our shots fired protocol and set up a perimeter,” Fowler said. “We were able to make contact with the man and resolve the situation peacefully.”

The man was taken to Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

Police eventually determined that it was a Mossberg shotgun that the man had fired.

“It was discharged randomly into the air and not directed at anyone,” Fowler said.

A neighbor who did not wish to be identified said he believes the man is a veteran and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fowler said he could not confirm that due to HIPAA laws, but that such incidents play a part in the department’s protocol.

“Being located in between two military installations (Fort Stewart and Hunter AAF), we are aware of how to handle those situations,” he said. “People wonder why we set up a perimeter rather than just rushing in, but our concern is for the well-being of the individual and the safety of those in the surrounding area.”

Police were also called to the neighborhood last Tuesday night after reports of a man walking down the street with a weapon. Fowler confirmed that that incident involved the same person, and he was also taken to the hospital that night for observation but later released.

“I personally went to the hospital last night to express our concerns and let them know that the subject needs to receive proper treatment,” Fowler said.

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