Heavy police presence on Tyler Street

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PITTSFIELD — There was a heavy police presence on Tyler Street Thursday as officers attempted to reach what appeared to be a despondent individual.

Pittsfield Police Capt. Matt Kirchner said from a police staging area in the parking lot next to Dairy Cone that they were attempting to communicate with the person before taking any action.

Officers with the Berkshire County Special Response Team began arriving around 7 p.m., but were still gathered with no noticeable movements as of nearly 9 p.m.

"And all the information suggests that he's home alone," Kirchner said. "So there's no urgency to force the situation to speed up."

Kirchner said he was unsure whether there were any weapons involved.

Richard Collins, a Brien Center clinician embedded with the department, arrived on scene shortly before 9 p.m. Asked if there were concerns about the person's mental health, Kirchner said the department is prepared to deploy mental health services if necessary.

"But I wouldn't say it's related to that, yet," he said.

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.

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