Law enforcement officers showed up at the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home of former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale following an alleged suicide threat Sunday.
Police arrived at the house after Parscale’s wife Candace called 911. According to a public information officer with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, the politico’s spouse said “her husband was armed, had access to multiple firearms inside the residence and was threatening to harm himself,” ABC News reported. Officers “determined the only occupant inside the home was the adult male,” referring to Parscale.
Parscale was detained without injury and taken to Broward Health Medical Center, according to authorities.
The incident comes more than two months after the ex-campaign manager’s fall from favor within the Trump orbit. He was dismissed from his role after a much-hyped campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was poorly attended. Parscale did, however, continue working with the campaign as its digital strategy manager.
The 44-year-old Parscale is still at the medical center under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows officials to detain at-risk patients, placing them under psychiatric holds for up to 72 hours.
Tim Murtaugh, campaign communications director for President Donald Trump, released a statement Sunday, calling Parscale “a member of our family and we all love him.”
“We are ready to support him and his family in any way possible,” he continued. “The disgusting, personal attacks from Democrats and disgruntled RINOs have gone too far, and they should be ashamed of themselves for what they’ve done to this man and his family.”
Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Karen Dietrich described the encounter with Parscale as brief.
“We went out and it was very short,” she said. “We went and got him help.”
New details obtained Monday paint a grimmer picture of the events that unfolded Sunday between Parscale and his wife. The case supplemental report also casts a different light on the interaction between Parscale and police.
According to the report, Parscale has “been depressed and suicidal recently,” which “has led him to consume alcohol a lot more frequently and make suicidal statements.” The ex-Trump staffer was allegedly drunk Sunday, when he loaded one of his five firearms in front of Candace, who “became so afraid for her safety that she immediately fled the residence on foot with no cell phone or belongings.”
Investigator Steven Smith also reported noticing “several large sized contusions on both of [Candace’s] arms, her cheek, and forehead.”
“When I asked how she received the bruising,” he wrote, “Candace Parscale stated Brad Parscale hits her. When asked if he made these marks today, she claimed he did not. I continued to ask if Brad Parscale physically assaulted her in any way today and she said no, but he did forcibly smack her phone out of her hand when she was attempting go call Brad Parscale’s father.”
During the encounter with police, Parscale was apparently visibly agitated, yelling and refusing to exit his home, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. It wasn’t until Fort Lauderdale police officer Christopher Wilson, who described himself as a “personal friend” of Parscale, arrived on the scene that the erstwhile campaign manager exited his house.
Authorities ordered Parscale to get on the ground. He did not comply, so an officer used a “double-leg takedown” to detain Parscale while an accompanying officer handcuffed him.