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One Suicide Discovered, and Another Prevented

One Suicide Discovered, and Another Prevented

(Oakland County Sheriff’s Dept, Nov. 29, 2014)


INCIDENT: 07:56 hrs. –Nov. 27 – Commerce Township – Death Investigation / Suicide #14-187412


SUMMARY:  The Sheriff’s Office Operations Center received a call from the Novi Police Department advising that they had located a deceased subject hanging by the neck from a tree in the [address removed by], Commerce Twp. with an extension ladder next to him.  The subject was reported as a missing suicidal person earlier in the morning to Novi P.D. and they had been looking for him since 0200 hours. The subject was pronounced deceased on scene via telemetry by a doctor.


OUTCOME OF INCIDENT:   An OCSO Detective /Sergeant and Investigator from the Medical Examiner’s Office responded to assist in the investigation. The ME’s Office took custody of the deceased for autopsy.  The next of kin was notified. The investigation continues in cooperation with Novi PD.


DECEASED INFORMATION: 23 year old male, resident of City of Novi.



INCIDENT: 02:35 hrs. – Nov. 28 – Oxford Township – Suicidal Subject w/Shotgun  #14-187715


SUMMARY: Deputies were dispatched to [address removed by] for a suicidal subject. Per the caller, her husband had a shotgun and had put it in his mouth wanting to commit suicide. The caller also advised that she had left the house and locked herself in the attached garage. The caller was able to retrieve both of their children.


OUTCOME OF INCIDENT:   The caller was advised by dispatch to get her and children into the vehicle in the garage and leave. Deputies were able to locate the subject in the back yard near the family shed. The subject was kneeling down had the shotgun and was asking deputies to shoot him. Deputies were able to talk the subject into putting the weapon down and cooperating with them.  Deputies took custody of the subject and the shotgun. The subject had been committed for psychiatric help the previous week. The subject was transported to Crittenton Hospital for a psychiatric commitment and  additional evaluation.


SUBJECT INFORMATION:  35 year old male, resident of Oxford Twp.




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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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