Emergencies: Talking Out a Gunman

Ending a New England vacation, Dr. Jesse James Pone Jr. was driving home to Westbury, Long Island, when he heard a radio report of a double shooting in New Cassel, only a couple of miles from Westbury. At that very moment, said the radio, the man with the gun was barricaded in a basement laundry room, where police had been besieging him for hours. They dared not use force, because the man was threatening to kill the two-year-old girl whom he was holding as hostage. What really gripped Pone's attention was the gunman's name: Winston Mitchell. For Mitchell was...