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Man barricaded himself in home, threatened to set it on fire

A man who was reportedly suicidal barricaded himself in a Riverside home Friday afternoon, emerging at times to throw oil filled bottles at police and leading to a three-hour standoff that ultimately ended shortly after 6 p.m.

Southampton Town police had received a call of a missing person who was suicidal at about 7:15 a.m. Friday. The man was located at about 3 p.m. in the Riverwoods Mobile Home Community and he fled into his home and refused to come to be evaluated when officers arrived, according to police.

The man was acting irrationally and he was suffering from what was believed to be a self-inflicted laceration to his wrist. He also was seen holding a gasoline can with a rag inserted in the spout and was brandishing a large knife, police said.

Southampton Town police crisis negotiators were called to the scene along with the Southampton Town police emergency services unit and the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) squad.

The man’s native language was Polish, so police also brought in a Polish speaking officer to assist.

Members of the emergency service unit brought the man into custody after about three hours and he was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.

Southampton Town fire marshals, New York State Police and the Suffolk Sheriff’s K-9 unit assisted.

The Riverhead Fire Department and members of the Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to the scene as well.