By LeaAnne Klentzman
Each and every day across the United States law enforcement is called upon to deal with people who are struggling with mental health issues. These calls for service are not only troublesome for the person fighting the mental health problems, but also their families who inadvertently end up on the front lines of the mental health crisis by virtue of necessity.
That such struggle played out last Sunday in Sugar Land when a 31 year old man sank into crisis. According to reports, Sean Isensee was unable to get help through medical avenues, he then threatened his family, and ultimately pointed a loaded rifle at police ending a 13 year long odyssey into the abyss of mental illness.
According to Sugar Land Police spokesman Doug Adolph, about 9p.m., Sunday evening Sean Isensee threatened his father with a hatchet and a rock during a family argument that was escalating. Not being a stranger to this kind if incident or the escalation the elder Isensee called police.
Familiar with the address and the circumstances, police responded to try and help the Isensee family. When they arrived on the scene they found the elder Isensees outside the family home in the 3300 block of Lakefield Way; their son, Sean Isensee,, in crisis, and barricaded inside the home. Adolph said, “Police set up a perimeter and ordered the 31-year-old man to exit the house.” Adolph went on to explain, “A short time later, Sean Isensee, chambered a round, exited the house, and pointed the rifle toward officers.”
“Officer Greg Suter fired his service weapon, striking the Sean Isensee twice. Isensee died at the scene,” said Adolph. Officer Suter was placed on three days leave pending the outcome of a routine administrative investigation.
This incident is a prime example of just how critical mental health crisis is across Fort Bend and the nation. Mental health issues run the gamut through families of all distinctions. However, the one thing they all have in common is when it escalates, law enforcement is called in to handle the crisis. This time it ended in tragedy for the Isensee family as well as Sugar Land police officers.