Saturday, August 1, 2009

Another Veteran Standoff With The Cops

His suicide threats
caused a massive traffic jam.
The 66 year old had been jailed
since his nationally televised capture
by a police SWAT team.
He felt alcoholism
and a combat flashback
caused his freeway drama.
Court-ordered psychiatric tests
revealed "alcohol played a large part"
in the three-hour freeway drama.
He tearfully said he had
"let veterans down
and himself down."
It was only the calm work
of the hostage negotiator
who talked to him
during the standoff
that prevented him
from carrying out
a suicide threat.

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