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No injuries following Crystal Lake mental-health-related police response

None were injured during a three-hourlong police standoff early Thursday in Crystal Lake with a barricaded man having thoughts of suicide, according to a news release.

Officers were called at 1:36 a.m. to an apartment in the 200 block of Uteg Street, where an adult resident, possibly armed with a knife, was allegedly contemplating hurting himself, according to an news release from the Crystal Lake Police Department.

The man did not allow officers to enter his home and denied medical treatment, according to the release. Out of concern for the resident's well-being, officers maintained communication with the man and encouraged him to allow first responders to assist him, but the man again refused, according to the release.

Unsure of the man's intentions, Crystal Lake police called for the assistance of the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System Emergency Services Team – a specially trained unit comprised of a officers from multiple police agencies.

The man eventually stepped out of his apartment just before 5 a.m., according to the release. NIPAS officers detained the resident and transported him to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

No charges are expected, since the situation was a mental health crisis and not criminal in nature, according to the release.

Police have said they will not provide further information in order to protect the man's privacy.

Anyone experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm should call 911. The 24-hour McHenry County Crisis Line also helps callers in need of immediate assistance for mental health emergencies. The crisis line can be reached at 800-892-8900.

The McHELP App offers similar services through call or text.

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