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Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale hospitalized after self-harm threats: police

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  • Ex-Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was hospitalized Sunday after threatening suicide, Fort Lauderdale police said.
  • Parscale’s wife called the police shortly before 4 p.m. local time.
  • 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 from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.
  • According to the statement, officers made contact with him, “developed a rapport, and safely negotiated for him to exit the home.”
  • Parscale was taken to the Broward Health Medical Center for a Baker Act, a Florida law aimed “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.
  • Parscale was removed as Trump’s campaign manager in July and was replaced by then-deputy campaign manager Bill Stepien. He remained on the campaign as a senior advisor.
  • Tim Murtaugh, communications director for the Trump campaign, said in a statement to Business Insider that the members of the campaign are “ready to support him and his family in any way possible.”
  • Sign up here for our free live event Tuesday to get the inside track on the race for the White House with Business Insider’s DC Bureau.

Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was taken to the hospital after attempting suicide on Sunday, Fort Lauderdale police said.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department said in a statement to Business Insider that officers responded to Parscale’s home shortly before 4 pm 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 aimed “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 Mayor Dean Trantalis, a Democrat, 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. ” … 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 Trump’s reelection campaign manager in July and was replaced by 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, 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. 

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