Negotiators with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office helped stop a man from hurting himself near a store Thursday afternoon.

Emergency dispatchers with the Sheriff’s Office received a call at approximately 2:17 p.m. for a man “exhibiting signs of a mental health issue” in a grassy area between Target and the southbound lanes of U.S. 340-522 North, according to information released Friday.

Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on the scene and saw a man wearing only boxers walking around erratically while holding a sharp-edged weapon against his torso, the release states. More deputies arrived to help and set up a perimeter to keep the man in the grassy area.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office's Crisis Negotiation Team arrived and started to communicate with the man. A short time later, he dropped the weapon and officers took him into custody without incident. The man refused attention from emergency medical responders, the release notes. Responders took the man to Warren Memorial Hospital for a mental health evaluation.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

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