KIMBOLTON -- A man threatening to commit suicide at a Salt Fork State Park cabin kept law enforcement officers at-bay for nearly three hours Sunday (Jan. 23) afternoon until he surrendered just before 3 p.m.
Following his surrender, the unidentified male was transported by United Ambulance to Southeastern Med for a medical evaluation.
He was later transported by sheriff's deputies to a mental health care facility in Athens for further treatment.
A 9-millimeter pistol was reportedly recovered from the cabin.
According to reports, a caller from Stark County alerted authorities to the alleged suicide attempt at the cabin at approximately noon.
Deputies and United personnel were dispatched to the scene and met with a park ranger near the scene prior to approaching the cabin at 12:43 p.m.
At 1:31 p.m., Sheriff Mike McCauley was requested at the scene as the male was reportedly still threatening to commit suicide and would not let authorities inside the cabin.
At 2:13 p.m., an officer with the Canal Fulton police department advised local authorities that the suicidal male was speaking with a doctor via his cellular telephone.
The officer advised the doctor reported the male had calmed down.
The male's sister advised he had previously been sent to a mental health care facility, but refused treatment.
At 2:47 p.m., a deputy reported McCauley was speaking with the male outside the cabin and he was taken into custody
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a short time later.
Deputies followed United ambulance to Southeastern Med.
A deputy advised at 3:14 p.m. that he found the handgun, which was seized and left with a park ranger.
Multiple deputies responded to Southeastern Med to assist with securing the man while he was treated.
At 7:35 p.m., two deputies left Southeastern Med with the male en route to the Athens facility.
Reports did not indicate if charges would be filed against the male.