A man was hospitalized Saturday morning after threatening to kill himself inside the Denny’s on Buck Owens Boulevard, causing an hours-long standoff with police.
Officers responded to calls of a suicidal person around 5 a.m.
When they arrived, they began negotiations with a man inside the restaurant who was holding a knife to his throat, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.
Employees and customers inside the restaurant were evacuated.
Around three hours later, officers diffused the situation and made contact with the man inside the Denny’s.
The man, who suffered minor wounds, was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation, police said.
No other injuries were reported.
Police said the man, who is not a Bakersfield resident, had been staying at a local hospital prior to the standoff.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call BPD at 661-327-7111.