Suicide Averted – Feb. 4, 2010

Two Paw Paw Post troopers observed a vehicle parked in a closed gas station.  When the troopers used their spotlight to illuminate the interior of the occupied car, the male subject inside raised his hands.  The troopers observed the subject had attached a vacuum hose to the exhaust pipe of the vehicle leading into a passenger window, using a towel to make a seal around the partially open window.  There was heavy condensation inside the vehicle and the subject had his seat in a reclined position.  In talking to the troopers, the subject admitted he was attempting to commit suicide.  The subject agreed to speak to someone about his emotional problems, and emergency medical personnel were contacted to transport him to the hospital for evaluation and contact with mental health officials.

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