Juneau man commits suicide

Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010

A man committed suicide near Thane Road Wednesday night, according to a press release from the Juneau Police Department.

JPD received a phone call from the Crisis Intervention Hotline Wednesday evening at 5:40 p.m. concerning a 21-year-old man who said he was suicidal, the release stated. The man was sitting in his car with a loaded gun and would not unload it when asked by intervention staff. The staff obtained a possible location and information to provide police.

JPD officers responded to the 5000 block of North Douglas Highway and found the man's car parked off the roadway. The man was not in the immediate area nor was he found in a search along the beach and road there.

The officers received a phone call from the man's family at 8:40 p.m. saying they had located him driving on Egan Drive near the Juneau-Douglas Bridge. JPD officers found the vehicle driving outbound on Thane Road and began to follow.

According to the release, JPD officers attempted a traffic stop but the man would not pull over. Officers followed the vehicle to the end of Thane Road. Officers attempted to talk to the man as he held a gun to his head. The man would not respond and got out of the vehicle and began walking away from the officers with the gun to his head. Officers attempted to subdue him by using a beanbag round, but the man ran away and shot himself.

Officers on scene provided CPR and first aid until Capital City Fire and Rescue arrived on scene. CCFR transported the man to Bartlett Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Next of kin were notified of the death and investigation continues into the incident. JPD has not released the victim's name.

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