Suicidal man subdued on Indiana Toll Road

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LaGRANGE COUNTY, Ind.- {June 30, 2015}      Troopers from the Indiana State Police Post on the Toll Road subdued a 40-year-old suicidal man from Bozeman, Montana Tuesday morning after receiving a report that he had allegedly battered a female passenger that had been traveling with him.

According to First Sergeant Tim Moon, Assistant Toll Road District Commander, around 5:30 a.m., he responded to a call at the travel plaza located on the eastbound side of the Toll Road in LaGrange County.  There State Police located an individual who was driving a vehicle that matched the description given by a female victim of a battery that was alleged to have occurred about an hour earlier in St. Joseph County.

The man, who also fit the description given by the victim, became very agitated as police spoke with him.  The suspect then told police he had several containers filled with gasoline and that he would set himself on fire.  Additional units arrived and as officers began to walk towards the man and his van, the man sped away continuing eastbound for the next two miles before stopping in the middle of the roadway at the 127.6 mile marker.

About five minutes later, police persuaded the man to drive to the crossover at the 127.5 mile marker, where, over the next hour, they began a dialog trying to convince him to exit the vehicle and give himself up.  Just before 7am, the man indicated that he was going to do just that but then took one of the containers and began to douse himself with gasoline.

Officers were able to forcibly enter the van and remove the man without injury to him or themselves and  before he had the opportunity to use the cigarette lighter that was in his hand.  He was taken into custody, rinsed off with water and offered medical treatment at the scene before being transported to a local hospital for evaluation.  This investigation is continuing.

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