Published: Nov 17, 2011 4:26 PM EST
Updated: Nov 17, 2011 4:26 PM EST

A Facebook friend request from a Pasco County Sheriff's deputy may have saved a suicidal man's life.
    
Officials say an armed man in Odessa barricaded himself in a backyard shed Wednesday and told his wife he was going to "do something to make the cops kill me."
    
There was no phone in the shed but there was a computer. Corporal Art Morrison II - a hostage negotiator - sent a Facebook friend request to the man, who accepted.
    
The two chatted online. Officials say the man set a mattress on fire and then left the shed. He was taken into custody and then involuntarily committed to a mental health facility.
    
Odessa is a suburb about 25 miles north of Tampa.

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