Suicide Negotiation Via IM

By Deane Barker on January 9, 2005

Cop ‘talks’ online to suicidal teenager – Instant messaging persuades boy to abandon threat: A cop talked a kid out of suicide over IM.

At about 9 p.m. Thursday, a young woman called Fremont police to report that her 16-year-old ex-boyfriend was despondent and had threatened suicide while sending her instant messages, or IMs, said Fremont police Detective Bill Veteran.

[…] Delgado, an overnight patrol sergeant who is a trained hostage negotiator, went to the girlfriend’s home in Fremont’s Warm Springs neighborhood. From her computer, Delgado initiated an IM conversation with the boy.

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