Suicide in Pontiac Group Home
(Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, July 7, 2014)
INCIDENT: 00:17 Hrs. July 7 – – City of Pontiac – Adult Suicide #14-104250
SUMMARY: Deputies responded to a group home in the 60 block of Clark Street for a report of a suicide. Upon arrival the complainant stated that she was at the residence visiting her boyfriend when she stepped outside for a cigarette. While outside she heard the sound of a single gunshot come from the second floor. The complainant went upstairs and found her boyfriend on the floor of his room with a gunshot wound to his head. Deputies arrived and entered the upstairs bedroom finding the subject on his back on the floor with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. A pistol was located near the body.
OUTCOME OF INCIDENT: The subject was pronounced dead by STAR EMS via a physician from the McLaren Oakland Hospital Emergency Department.An Evidence Technician, substation Detectives, and a Medical Examiner’s Investigator responded to process the scene. The body was turned over to the Medical Examiner’s Office pending an autopsy.
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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.”
~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
~Previous suicide attempt(s)
~Depression or other mental illness
~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.
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
VICTIM, SUSPECT or ARRESTEE INFORMATION: (Deceased): 35 year old male resident of Pontiac.
Suicide in Pontiac Group Home