Suicidal Man Prevented from Shooting Self at Daughter’s Grave…

Suicidal Man Prevented from Shooting Self at Daughter’s Grave in Pontiac

(Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, June 20, 2014)

INCIDENT: 13:30 hrs. – City of Pontiac – Suicidal Subject  #14-93119

SUMMARY:  Deputies were dispatched to the area of Perry and Madison for a welfare check on a suicidal subject.  The subject told a friend he was going to the cemetery to kill himself with a gun he purchased last week.  Upon arrival, the subject was located sitting next to his daughter’s grave in Perry Mount Cemetery with a loaded handgun. 

OUTCOME OF INCIDENT:  Deputies spoke to the man and he eventually surrendered peacefully.  He was subsequently taken to Common Ground for evaluation.

SUICIDAL SUBJECT: 41 year old male resident of Lake Orion

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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 –

Oakland County Community Mental Health –

Easter Seals –

Suicide Prevention Resource Center –

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration –

National Alliance on Mental Illness –

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