Officers prevent tragic suicide at parking lot behind fast-food restaurant

Published 12:23 am Friday, February 8, 2019


NATCHEZ — Natchez police officers prevented a man from committing suicide Thursday night in the parking lot behind a local fast-food restaurant.

Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong said officers responded to a 911 call of a attempted suicide before 6 p.m. Thursday in the parking behind McDonald’s in the Tracetown Shopping Center on U.S. 61 South.

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Officials from the Natchez Police Department, Adams County Sheriff’s Office and American Medical Reponse responded to the emergency.

Armstrong said the incident involved what appears to have started in Vidalia as a couple’s verbal dispute and ended up with the man reportedly following the woman to Natchez and threatening to commit suicide with a gun.

Armstrong said officers quickly intervened and were able to talk the man out of using the gun.

“Which made for a good outcome despite what (the man) was going through,” Armstrong said. “Thankfully, no one was injured.”

Armstrong said the man was attended to by an ambulance crew that was called to the scene, but that he didn’t know if he was taken to the hospital or not.