Suicidal Man Crashes Vehicle then Flees the Scene

Officers with the Allen County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to State Road 3 at Cedar Canyons Road, at 5:26 P.M. on July 1, 2020, on a report of a two vehicle crash. As officers were responding, witnesses on 911 said one of the drivers was leaving the scene of the crash in a dark colored passenger vehicle. Shortly after, witnesses said the male driver that fled the scene stopped and exited his vehicle, then shot himself with a handgun.

Police and medics arrived on scene moments later. Officers determined that a dark colored passenger vehicle had been westbound on Cedar Canyons Road at State Road 3 when it collided with a red SUV. The adult male driver of the passenger vehicle left the scene, driving approximately one-quarter mile away. He then exited his vehicle and hurried over to the ditch approximately 20 yards away and shot himself. The man was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. No police officers were at the scene when the man shot himself.

The adult female driver of the SUV involved in the crash was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Allen County Sheriff”s Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Techs were called to the scene. State Road 3 was closed for approximately two hours.

This incident remains under investigation.

Cpl. Adam Griffith
Allen County Sheriff’s Department