DETROIT - Police have taken a suspect into custody after a standoff on the city's west side Wednesday.
Detroit Police responded to a possible armed person on foot near Grand River near Winston around noon on Wednesday. Police said they had one person into custody but it was not the armed subject they were searching for.
Just before 1:30, police said the man was in custody.
Police closed the area as they negotiated with the person. It's believed that the armed person is wanting to commit 'suicide by cop', according to Police Chief James Craig.
According to Craig, the man made statements that he may attempt suicide by cop. Craig said the man is inside a business on Grand River and they've evacuated the area as the negotiated.
Craig said the man surrendered voluntarily and said they believe he was carrying a nail gun as he came out of the building.
Craig said the man served in the Navy and has been on medication for depression. They learned that Tuesday night, the man may not have taken his medication and it is believed to be the cause of the man's actions.
The man has felony weapons convictions and in 2007 was released on parole.
Craig said the man is 'committed to suicide by cop' and they are doing everything they can to resolve the situation peacefully.
Help is available
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 800-273-8255. The hotline has trained staff available 24/7 to help those in crisis. Everyone can play a role in preventing suicide by being aware of the warning signs of suicidal behaviors:
- Talking about wanting to die; feeling hopeless, trapped, or in unbearable pain, being a burden to others
- Looking for a way to kill oneself
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
What you can do:
If you believe someone is at risk of suicide:
- Ask them if they are thinking about killing themselves. (This will not put the idea into their heads, or make it more likely that they will attempt suicide.)
- Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255);
- Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional;
- Remove any objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; and
- If possible, do not leave the person alone.