By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – Tyler County Sheriff’s deputies along with officers from the Woodville Police Department were able to locate a driver who, according to a tip, was possibly suicidal.
TCSO was acting on a tip they received from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, which gave information on a “possibly suicidal subject, armed with a handgun,” and possibly traveling through Tyler County, according to TCSO investigator Brian Seales. The incident occurred on Friday, March 1.
The Nacogdoches agency also provided TCSO with a description of the subject’s vehicle along with registration information.
At approximately 1 p.m., TCSO deputies and city police officers were able to locate the vehicle, which was southbound on US Highway 69. They conducted an investigatory stop of the vehicle in the parking lot of Brookshire Brothers.
The deputies were able to conduct a welfare check on the driver, who was taken to be evaluated by mental health professionals.
Given the nature of the incident, authorities are not releasing the name of the driver. However, according to Seales, the stop was without incident and the driver was safely transported from the scene.
According to an article in the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience, “Police officers are often the first responders to individuals in crisis; inherent in this situation is a risk assessment to determine whether the individual is at risk of harm to themselves or others.”
Another online publication on the topic, published by the advocacy group Mental Health America, cites the frequency which law enforcement officers find themselves coming into contact with individuals in psychiatric crises and that calls involving suicidal individuals are common.