SWAT Team Saves Man from Suicide w/Tear Gas, Another Suicide Reported

SWAT Team Saves Man from Suicide w/Tear Gas, Another Suicide Reported

(Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, Sept. 8, 2014)




INCIDENT:  14:59 Hrs. – Independence Township – Death Investigation / Suicide.  #14-141417

SUMMARY: Deputies responded to a residence located in the 2500 block of Mann Rd for an apparent suicide. The subject was located in a closet hanging by a belt. The subject was in the process of a divorce.  The last person who spoke with him was the estranged wife. At approximately 1830 hours the previous night, she called to advise him that the divorce paperwork was ready to be signed.  The subject lived alone, except when his two teenage children visited him. They were not in the home at the time of the incident. 

OUTCOME OF INCIDENT:  A detective along with an investigator from the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to assist in the investigation. There were no signs of foul-play. An evidence tech responded to process the scene.  An autopsy is scheduled in the morning.  The investigation is ongoing. 

DECEASED INFORMATION:  45 year old male resident of Independence Township.


INCIDENT: 20:43 Hrs. – Independence Township – Domestic Disturbance / Suicidal Subject / SWAT & Aviation Unit Activation.  #14-141612

SUMMARY: Deputies responded to a residence located in the 8400 block of Heritage Dr. for a domestic disturbance.  The victim advised that her husband was bi-polar, intoxicated and was armed with a loaded assault rifle (AR-15) and a semi-automatic hand gun Glock (9mm).  The victim stated that her husband pointed the fully loaded rifle and handgun at her and told her he was going to kill her.  She was able to distract her husband and she then escaped with the handgun and his cell phone and called 911.   She hid behind some trees until Deputies arrived and secured her.

OUTCOME OF INCIDENT:  Deputies arrived and transported the victim to a safe area. A perimeter around the residence was set up.  The responsible was not located outside and was believed to still be in the residence with the rifle.    Sheriff’s SWAT along with the Aviation Unit were requested and responded to assist.  After several hours SWAT ultimately deployed gas into the basement door wall and the subject then exited via the door wall and was  taken into custody without further incident. The responsible was transported by ambulance to McLaren Oakland Hospital for a possible drug overdose. The AR-15 was recovered by deputies as were several other long guns and 2 fully loaded magazines for the AR-15.  Charges are pending. Arraignment is expected on Tuesday after Prosecutor’s Office review.  The suspect is under the watch of deputies at the hospital until he is released and then will be lodged at OCJ.

ARRESTEE INFORMATION: 46 year old male resident of Independence Township.

VICTIM INFORMATION:  50 year old female resident of Independence Township.

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“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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