- The former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was hospitalized Sunday after threatening to harm himself, the police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said.
- Parscale’s wife called the police shortly before 4 p.m. local time.
- A statement by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department said officers made contact with him at his home, “developed a rapport, and safely negotiated for him to exit the home.”
- Tim Murtaugh, the communications director for the Trump campaign, said in a statement to Business Insider that members of the campaign — which Parscale remained on as a senior adviser — were “ready to support him and his family in any way possible.”
The former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was hospitalized on Sunday after threatening to harm himself, the police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said.
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department said in a statement to Business Insider that officers responded to Parscale’s home shortly before 4 p.m. local time after his wife called the police.
Parscale, who was the only person inside the home at the time, “had access to multiple firearms inside the residence and was threatening to harm himself,” according to the statement.
“Officers made contact with the male, developed a rapport, and safely negotiated for him to exit the home,” the department said in the statement. “The male was detained without injury and transported to Broward Health Medical Center for a Baker Act.”
The Baker Act, otherwise known as the Florida Mental Health Act of 1971, is a Florida law meant “to provide emergency mental health services and temporary detention for people who are impaired because of their mental illness,” according to the University of Florida Health website.
Fort Lauderdale’s Democratic mayor, Dean Trantalis, told the Sun Sentinel that he received a text message notifying him that there was a SWAT team at Parscale’s home.
“Politics aside, this fellow obviously suffers from emotional distress,” Trantalis told the Sun Sentinel, adding: “I’m glad he didn’t do any harm to himself or others I commend our SWAT team for being able to negotiate a peaceful ending to this.”
Parscale was ousted from his position as President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign manager in July and was replaced by the then-deputy campaign manager Bill Stepien. He remained on the campaign as a senior advisor.
“Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we all love him,” Tim Murtaugh, the communications director for the Trump campaign, said in a statement to Business Insider. “We are ready to support him and his family in any way possible.”
Murtaugh also blamed Democrats and “disgruntled RINOs” for the incident.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.