Barricaded man taken for evaluation after suicide threat

Sunday Times Newspapers

TRENTON — A man believed to be suicidal was taken for evaulation and treatment after he was seen with a gun in a parking lot then barricaded himself in his house.

Police responded at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 17 to calls from Tim Horton’s, 1816 West Road, reporting “a suicidal man in a Ford Taurus, possibly armed with a handgun,” according to police reports.

En route to the restaurant, police were warned that the 48-year-old man “would be confrontational,” and his potential suicide had been brought to the attention of University of Michigan Psychiatric Emergency Services.”

Responding officers were unable to locate the man and the Taurus was no longer in sight. Dispatch advised officers the man lived in the 1800 block of Trenton Drive, not far from the restaurant.

Officers located the Taurus at the Trenton Drive house and, with additional support, secured the area while awaiting the landlord and a key.

Shortly after 3 p.m., two police officers saw a man — his identity partly concealed by a long leather jacket — run from the house before doubling back and returning inside.

The landlord arrived with the key at 4:20 p.m., and discovered that entry doors had been both locked and secured by a wedged chair. Police forced their way in and found the man in bed, talking on a phone.

Police talked the man into showing his hands, secured him and awaited transport for psychiatric evaluation. The man told police he’d “been depressed lately,” and couldn’t remember calling a hotline for help.

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