Suicide Threat Causes Road Closure

A man threatened suicide on Saturday evening and said if someone tried to stop him he would shoot them, and would even shoot law enforcement officers to force them to kill him. The man told the Veterans Affairs Crisis hotline he had taken an anti-anxiety medicine in excess. He was calling from Will's Creek Road in the Elkview area. Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies secured the area by evacuating neighbors and closing the road. When the crisis counselor told deputies the man seemed groggy and fading in and out of consciousness, the SWAT team went in and got the man before he could make good on his threats. He still had a loaded firearm next to him on the couch. He was taken to the Charleston Area Medical Center for an evaluation. No criminal charges are expected.