Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale was hospitalized after threatening to harm himself, according to police and campaign officials in Florida.
Police were called to the house on Desota Drive in the Seven Isles Ward, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, late Sunday afternoon. The house is owned by Bradley and Candice Parscale.
“When the officers arrived on site, they contacted the reporter (wife of an armed subject) who pointed out that her husband was armed, had access to multiple firearms in the residence and threatened to harm himself,”
“The officers found that the only inhabitant of the house was the adult male. The officers contacted the man, developed a relationship, and negotiated safely that he should leave the house. “
The police identified the man as Parscale. He did not threaten the police and willingly escort officers under the Florida Baker Act, which gives police the power to detain a person who is a potential threat to themselves or others for 72 hours for a psychiatric evaluation.
Parscale was taken to Broward Health Medical Center.
The number and type of firearms in the Parscale house was unknown.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said he had been informed that there was a stalemate for the Swat team at Parscale’s home.
“I was reported that he had weapons,” Trantalis told the Sun Sentinel.
“I’m glad he didn’t harm himself or anyone else. I recommend our Swat team to be able to negotiate a peaceful ending.”
Parscale was removed as Trump’s campaign manager in July after a much-touted election rally in Tulsa attracted an embarrassingly meager crowd.
He was replaced by then Deputy Campaign Manager Bill Stepien, but continued to serve as the campaign’s senior advisor. On his Twitter account, Parscale describes himself as a “Senior Advisor, Digital and Data” for Donald Trump.
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh made a statement late Sunday in support of Parscale.
“Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we all love him. We are ready to support him and his family in any way we can. “
In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255, or you can mail HOME on 741741 to connect with a crisis text counselor. In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In Australia, the Lifeline crisis relief service is at 13 11 14. You can find more international suicide helplines at www.befrienders.org.