Suicidal Man in La Porte County Overdoses and Flees Residence
During the early morning hours this past Monday, La Porte County Sheriff’s Deputies were summoned to a residence in rural Wills Township, in reference a suicidal subject. Responding Deputies learned the thirty-eight (38) year old male subject had overdosed on medicine and fled the residence. Deputies began a search of the area and discovered the subject had fled into a nearby wooded area. Upon confronting the subject, he repeatedly refused to follow verbal commands provided to him by the deputies on scene. Deputies made attempts to verbally deescalate the situation. However, the subject placed a liquor bottle in a position that it could be used as a weapon, he assumed a position of an aggressive stance, and then attempted to break the liquor bottle. A deputy, fearing for the safety of the subject, himself and other deputies on scene, fired a single bean bag round from a less-lethal shotgun striking the subject in the left thigh area. The subject dropped to the ground and was immediately taken into custody by the deputies. The subject was later transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. Per La Porte County Sheriff’s Office rules and regulations, Sheriff John T. Boyd ordered a shooting Review Board to convene. The Shooting Review Board determined the deputy who fired the less lethal round was justified in doing so to diffuse the incident.
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