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Mental health patient prompts D.C. police barricade situation

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A mental health patient who locked himself inside a bathroom with a sharp object prompted a barricade in Northwest on Tuesday, Metropolitan police said.

Streets around the intersection of 16th and Irving streets were closed down, snarling traffic in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

"They are dealing with a violent person at this point," said MPD spokeswoman Officer Tisha Gant initially of the situation.

Third District Cmdr. Jacob Kishter later confirmed that a caretaker had made a home visit to check on a patient when the man became agitated and entered a bathroom with a sharp object, refusing to come out.

Around 5:30 p.m., the D.C. Fire and EMS Department reported the man was being transported in a medic unit with a police escort. No information was available on whether the man sustained any injuries.

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