Deputies Respond to Two Suicides and One Attempt

Deputies Respond to Two Suicides and One Attempt

(Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, June 30, 2014)

INCIDENT: 16:17 hrs. –June 29 – City of Rochester Hills -Death Investigation/Suicide – 14-99454

SUMMARY: Deputies were dispatched to the 1000 block of Willow Grove Ct. for a report of an apparent suicide. The victim lived alone and was found by his brother who became concerned after he received an unusual text this past Friday night from the victim. A hand gun was found in the victims hand along with a detailed suicide note. There were no signs of foul play.

OUTCOME OF INCIDENT:  An Investigator responded to the scene. ME’s office was notified and responded and took custody of the deceased for an autopsy.

VICTIM, SUSPECT or ARRESTEE INFORMATION:  56 year old, resident of Rochester Hills.

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INCIDENT: 19:15 hrs. – June 29 – Orion Township Welfare Check / Suicidal Person – 14-99537

SUMMARY: Deputies responded to the 3200 block of Baldwin Woods for a suicidal subject.  Common Ground notified dispatch that they were on the phone with a subject that was suicidal and had cut his wrist.  Deputies attempted to make contact at the residence and were unsuccessful.  Deputies forced entry into the residence but, the subject was not inside.  Common Ground advised OCSO that the subject arrived at their facility in a taxi.  The subject had lacerations to his wrist.

OUTCOME OF INCIDENT:  Deputies and Star EMS responded to Common Ground.  The subject was transported to McLaren Oakland for treatment of his self-inflicted wounds and a mental health assessment. 

VICTIM, SUSPECT or ARRESTEE INFORMATION:  50 Year old Orion Twp. Resident

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INCIDENT: 16:01 hrs. – June 25 – Brandon Township – Suicide  #14-96888

SUMMARY: Deputies responded to the 2600 block of Lakeview Drive for a welfare check.  The complainant indicated she had not heard from her son in almost a week.  She had also been contacted by her son’s employer, and he had not reported to work in several days. 

OUTCOME OF INCIDENT: Deputies were able to gain entry into the home and discovered the victim, obviously deceased.  A Detective responded to the scene, along with an investigator from the Medical Examiner’s Office, who took custody of the deceased.  Preliminary investigation indicates the death is a suicide, but an autopsy is pending and the investigation continues.

DECEASED INFORMATION:  50 year old, resident of Brandon Township.

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SUICIDE PREVENTION:

“Suicide is a major public health issue, but it is preventable,” said George Miller, Director of Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services in a previous article. “It is important for everyone to recognize the warning signs and risk factors for suicide to prevent the loss of lives.”

Warning Signs:

~Talking about, or making plans to die

~Talking about “ending the pain”

~Persistently feeling sad, lonely or “empty”

~Insomnia or excessive sleeping

~Social isolation and withdrawal

~Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions

Risk Factors:

~Previous suicide attempt(s)

~Depression or other mental illness

~Substance use

~Family history of suicide

~Physical illness and /or chronic pain

If you or someone you know is in crisis, do not leave the person alone and do not isolate yourself.  Call your doctor, 911, go to a hospital emergency room for immediate help, or ask someone to help you.  The phone number for Common Ground’s 24-hour Crisis and Resource Helpline is 800-231-1127 and is available 24 hours a day.

Additional Resources:

Common Ground – www.commongroundhelps.org

Oakland County Community Mental Health – www.occmha.org

Easter Seals – www.mi.easterseals.com

Suicide Prevention Resource Center – www.sprc.org

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – www.samhsa.gov

National Alliance on Mental Illness – www.name.org

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