“Officers made contact with the male, developed a rapport, and safely negotiated for him to exit the home,” Sgt. DeAnna Greenlaw said. “The male was detained without injury and transported to Broward Health Medical Center for a Baker Act.”
The Trump campaign issued a statement in support of Parscale.
“Brad 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,” said Tim Murtaugh, communications director for the Trump campaign.
Parscale continued to hold a senior role in the campaign — in charge of some of its digital efforts — but had been demoted in July after questions were raised about his spending and in the aftermath of a June rally in Tulsa. The president and Parscale promised a big crowd there, but one did not materialize amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Greenlaw said the incident occurred about 4 p.m. Sunday and that police arrived at Parscale’s home in Fort Lauderdale in response to a call about “an armed male attempting suicide.”
The police were called by Parscale’s wife, Candice Parscale, who told the officers upon their arrival that “her husband was armed, had access to multiple firearms inside the residence and was threatening to harm himself.”
Parscale was in the house with 10 guns and was inebriated when the police arrived, according to a police report released Monday. His wife had escaped the house after he cocked a gun and threatened suicide, the report said. Her arms were bruised, and she told officers that her husband had hit her days earlier, according to the police report.
Parscale was eventually lured out of the house by an officer who knew him and his wife, and he was tackled to the ground by police after not adhering to commands to “get on the ground,” the report said. He was then handcuffed.
Two campaign officials said they were aware of an incident and were investigating it. They, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation.
Parscale, 44, had worked for the president in the 2016 cycle and was named campaign manager early in Trump’s presidency. He was aligned with Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law.
Parscale is close to the Trump family and had been in the campaign office in Arlington, Va., in recent weeks.
Parscale had told others that he was upset by his demotion and attacks from people who were questioning his behavior as campaign manager. But he had spoken to officials in recent days, aides said, and remained involved in the campaign.
Murtaugh sought to accuse political enemies of the campaign of playing a role in Parscale’s reported suicide threat.
“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,” he said in his statement. RINO — or Republican in Name Only — is an epithet for GOP members who do not support the party’s policies or candidates.
He offered no evidence that attacks by critics played a role in Sunday’s incident, and the police in their statement did not provide any reason for Parscale’s reported suicide threat.
Correction: A previous version of this report misstated the job of Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh.