“Suicidal” Trucker Surrenders After 18-Hour Armed Standoff With Police
St. Ignace, Michigan – A “suicidal” trucker surrendered peacefully Wednesday afternoon after a more than 18-hour standoff with police behind a truck stop in St. Ignace.
The incident began Tuesday, July 16 at approximately 7:20 p.m. when the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) responded to the St. Ignace Truck Stop shortly after receiving a call from a concerned Florida woman.
The woman claimed her husband, an over-the-road trucker, was threatening to commit suicide.
According to authorities, the trucker had sent photos to his wife of a handgun he was threatening to use on himself.
Upon arriving at the scene, police determined the trucker was barricaded inside his semi-truck and armed with the loaded weapon.
According to local news outlet 9 & 10 News, deputies created a perimeter around the big rig as the trucker persisted in threats to kill himself.
MCSD said a negotiator engaged the truck driver in communication in an attempt to end the standoff peacefully.
However, officials said talks between the negotiator and the trucker broke down during the overnight hours.
Officials did not offer any more details as to why communication halted.
Authorities were able to successfully re-start communications with the truck driver on Wednesday afternoon.
The trucker, who’s identity has not been released, exited his truck peacefully around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, ending a more than 18- hour standoff, according to MCSD.
He walked to an ambulance on his own accord, and was transported to the Mackinac Straits Hospital for a mental evaluation, officials said.
Authorities from three police departments were on-scene for the duration of the incident.
“He never threatened any of the officers or any of the public,” MCSD Sheriff Scott Straight said.
“At this point we do not expect any charges. Our main focus was to make sure that the individual was safe and gets to the care that he needs,” Straight commented.
If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Hotline is open 24/7.
Call them at (800) 273-8255.
Your life matters.
(Photos: Paul Steeno)