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Trump’s ex-campaign manager hospitalized after threatening self harm

Miami, Florida, US, Sep 28 (efe-epa).- United States president Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale was hospitalized on Sunday after threatening self harm at his home in Florida, according to US media citing police.

Police were called to Desota Drive in Fort Lauderdale “in reference to an armed male attempting suicide,” according to various US media citing the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

The address is registered to Parscale, 44, and his wife Candice, according to an online property records database.

“When officers arrived on scene, they made contact with the reportee (wife of armed subject) who advised her husband was armed, had access to multiple firearms inside the residence and threatening to harm himself,” the police said in a statement.

The officers “determined the only occupant inside the home was an adult male” and at the scene they contacted Parscale, “developed a rapport and safely negotiated for him to exit the home.”

Police identified the male as Parscale. He was “detained without injury and transported to Broward Health Medical Center for a Baker Act.”

The Baker Act “enables families and loved ones to provide emergency mental health services and temporary detention for people who are impaired because of their mental illness, and who are unable to determine their needs for treatment,” according to University of Florida Health.

Parscale was removed from his campaign manager role in July following Trump’s much-hyped Tulsa rally, at which there was a dismal showing of around 6,200 people. In the run-up to the event, Parscale had tweeted there had been more than 1 million requests for tickets.

He remained as a senior advisor in the campaign, dealing primarily with digital fundraising and digital advertising. However, CNN reported that after his demotion he cleared out his office and left, and has been rarely seen at the headquarters – the last time about 10 days ago.

Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said in a statement that “Parscale is a member of our family and we all love him. We are ready to support him and his family in any way possible.”

Dan Scavino, the White House’s director of social media, tweeted: “Prayers with Brad and his family.” EFE-EPA

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