FALLON, NV - An elderly man is in the custody of the Banner Churchill Community Hospital for a mental health hold after a three-hour standoff in Fallon.
Around 2:42 p.m. on Monday, December 30, 2013, officers from the Fallon Police Department arrived at the Motel 6 located at 1705 South Taylor Street for a welfare check on 62-year-old Mark Carmi Hanawalt. Hanawalt was inside of a motel room complaining of hearing voices outside of the room and wanting them to leave, according to an official with the Fallon Police Department.
Officials say no one was outside of the motel room.
Upon arrival, officers say they saw a pellet handgun on the ground outside the motel room.
Officials say they saw Hanawalt in the room through the motel window. They say he made statements about the VA Police and showed lighter fluid and a lighter.
Hanawalt was making nonsensical sounds and displayed a KBAR Survival knife, according to Fallon officials. They say he broke the window and threw multiple items out the window.
Officials say when officers tried to talk to Hanawalt, he stabbed the knife through the door, broke the window and began to throw items out of it, including the knife.
Hanawalt then broke a hole through the door and stuck out a pellet gun, according to Fallon officials.
The Fallon Police Department, assisted by the Churchill County Sheriff Department and Lyon County Sheriff Department SWAT team responded to the incident.
Officials say verbal communication was established with Hanawalt which led to him being taken into custody with no one sustaining any injuries.
Officials say Hanawalt has been living in Fallon for approximately 3 months after moving from Lyon County. He is being held at the Banner Churchill Community Hospital for a mental health hold and is being evaluated for a temporary commitment.
According to officials, Hanawalt has a prior history of mental illness and has a prior arrest record which include offenses of battery, resisting arrest and injury property.
Officials say criminal charges may be filed in the future for Injury to Property, Assault with Deadly Weapon and resisting arrest. The dollar value for the damage sustained by the motel has not been established.
The incident lasted 3 hours; US Highway 95 was closed for a short time during this incident.