Birmingham stand-off ends in suicide www.privateofficer.com
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama July 26 2012 – A suicidal man who held police at bay for more than five hours this morning in northeast Birmingham has killed himself.
Birmingham police spokesman Sgt. Johnny Williams said the man took his own life about 12:30 p.m. despite hours of talks with trained negotiators.
The ordeal began shortly after 7 a.m. when an employee driving a Trussville heating and cooling company van failed to show up for work. The man’s employer tracked the van using its GPS system and located the van on MaryTaylor Road, Williams said.
Trussville police responded to the scene and found the man, whose name hasn’t been released, outside of the van and brandishing a weapon. He was, Williams said, threatening suicide.
A Trussville police officer immediately was brought in and initiated talks with the man. Birmingham’s tactical squad was dispatched to the scene, which is actually in Birmingham.
Williams confirmed that the man is the subject of a Moody Police Department investigation and that officers from Moody also responded to the scene, but said he couldn’t disclose the nature of that probe.