Roommate speaks out about suicidal man killed in standoff - Tucson News Now

Roommate speaks out about suicidal man killed in standoff

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

46-year old Scott Mitchell was killed by a Pima County Sheriff deputy Monday during a SWAT standoff. Authorities say Mitchell started shooting at deputies when they used a robot and a chemical similar to tear gas to try and get him out.

Now his roommate Donna, who would only give us her first name, tells us Mitchell had been feeling depressed in recent weeks. Donna says Mitchell stole her medicine and was very sluggish. She finally decided to call 911 on Monday when she saw Mitchell with a gun on his bed and a knife in his wall. However, Donna says Mitchell did not always act this way.  

On Monday, authorities tried for hours to negotiate with Mitchell. They even deployed their mental health support team because there was a mental evaluation court order for Mitchell.

Last week, Sheriff Deputies responded to Mitchell's house in a separate incident. However he was released 45 minutes later after being taken in to a local crisis resource center because an evaluation order was not signed.

Donna is now left with the aftermath of the deadly standoff. Her house on the Northwest side has windows shattered with bullet holes. The front door of the house is broken and the inside of the house has to be thoroughly cleaned to get rid of the chemicals used when authorities entered.

While Donna works to deal with the tragedy, she encourages others to help anyone who might be depressed.

We tried reaching out to Mitchell's family but have not heard back.

Here are just a few places in Southern Arizona available to help people with mental illnesses:

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Arizona

Crisis Line: (520) 622-6000

Southern Arizona Mental Health Corporation

Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

Crisis Response Network of Southern Arizona

(520) 770-9909

In case of an emergency call:  911

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