Man with knife locks himself in Hougang flat: Special Operations Command, Crisis Negotiation Unit called

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A 30-year-old man with a knife locked himself in a room in a flat at Block 172 Hougang Avenue 1 on Saturday morning (Sept 9).

In response to a Stomp query, the police said they received a call for assistance at the address at about 10.55am.

"As it was assessed that the man might pose a danger to himself, officers from Ang Mo Kio Division, the Crisis Negotiation Unit, Special Operations Command and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded to the incident," said the police.

When contacted by Stomp, SCDF said it received a call for assistance at about 11.00am.

SCDF said it deployed a safety life air pack, and rescuers from the Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team were on standby as a precautionary measure.

A Stomper shared photos of police and SCDF vehicles at the scene as well as the white-and-yellow air pack next to the block.

The police told Stomp that at about 3.00pm, officers managed to gain entry into the room.

The man sustained minor injuries and was subsequently apprehended under Section 7(1) of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act 2008.

Under the Act, the police have the duty to apprehend a person believed to be a danger to herself or others when the danger is reasonably suspected to be attributable to a mental disorder and take the person for psychiatric examination.



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