The Greenwich Police Department responded to a private residence in Old Greenwich at the request of a health professional on Wednesday.
The health professional was at the residence attempting to evaluate an adult patient for continued treatments at a medical facility. The patient suddenly fled the evaluation. The assisting officers immediately gave chase, however the patient eluded the officers.
Several of the officers assigned to search for the patient have had extensive dealing with the patient in the past.
An assessment of the totality of the circumstances, and with consultation from the health professional, the suspect was deemed to be need of medical help and nothing more.
Acknowledging that the patient’s erratic behavior might be disconcerting to strangers and due to the proximity to the Old Greenwich Elementary School and two Day Care facilities, administrative personnel from the institutions were advised of the increased police presence operating in the area. The Old Greenwich Elementary school initiated a “shelter in place” as a precaution.
A short time later, Greenwich Police officers found the patient in a nearby backyard uninjured.
After a brief conversation between the officers and the patient, the patient volunteered to be transported to the Greenwich Hospital for evaluation.
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