Letters to the Editor

Investigate police response to suicide

I was just reading the article "Suicide response raises questions" (July 25, Page B-1).

I do not know what the police response should or should not have been. However, I do know this: The wife of the man who committed suicide placed a call to police knowing that her husband was in a desperate place.

I have no idea how, but this situation certainly needs to be examined to determine how things could have been handled differently. If someone notifies authorities that a person has stated that they are suicidal, there is a mandatory hospital stay for the suicidal person. Someone somewhere could have done something to alter the chain of events. The idea that a person could shoot and kill himself with all sorts of law enforcement around boggles my mind.

MARGARET COOK

Patterson

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