Manchester man suffering mental health crisis taken into police custody after wielding machete

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Published: May. 23, 2023 at 12:25 PM EDT
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MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) - A Manchester man who suffered a mental health crisis was taken into police custody after he wielded a machete and did not surrender to police.

According to police, a mental health professional visited 57-year-old Horace Walker at his home on Olcott Street to conduct a welfare check.

Walker became agitated and brandished a machete, Manchester police said. The mental health professional then left the property and notified police.

Police said officers responded to the home Monday night after a 911 call reported Walker acting erratically.

“Upon their arrival, Walker retreated into his residence, only to emerge wielding a machete, endangering both the officers and himself,” Manchester police said.

Officers tried to communicate with Walker. He was suffering a mental health episode, police said.

“In an effort to deescalate the situation and prioritize Walker’s well-being, the officers cleared the immediate area and contacted appropriate mental health professionals,” said police.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for Walker because of the incident Monday night.

Walker did not surrender to police peacefully and the Capitol Region Emergency Services Team (CREST) responded to the home.

Authorities said Walker was taken into custody after a lengthy standoff. He was taken to Manchester Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

Walker faces charges of Breach of Peace second-degree, threatening first-degree, and criminal attempt/ assault of a police officer.

He will appear in Manchester court on Wednesday if he remains in police custody.

“The Manchester Police Department emphasizes its commitment to the safety and well-being of the community, including individuals experiencing mental health crises. The collaboration between law enforcement and mental health professionals in these situations is essential to ensure a peaceful resolution while providing the necessary support for those in need,” Manchester police said.