Man who flipped ex-wife’s vehicle attempts suicide at Oceana County Jail

November 14, 2018

The 60-year-old Hart man who was arrested on Nov. 3 after flipping his ex-wife’s vehicle with his tractor attempted suicide at the Oceana County Jail on Nov. 5.

According to the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office, the man was found unresponsive in his cell at 9:38 a.m. by corrections officers.

Staff began CPR on the man within seconds of finding him, according to the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office.

“The inmate was found to have placed a phone cord around his neck and was attempting to commit suicide by hanging,” said Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast in a press release.

Mast said the man used the cord of the “video visitation phone” that are inside the cells at the Oceana County Jail.

Prior to the man being transported to Mercy Health Partners Hackley Campus, Life EMS personnel were able to regain the man’s pulse, according to Mast.

The man is currently still alive, but remains hospitalized, according to police.

“A thorough investigation will be completed by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association’s MISSION team to ensure all jail policies and procedures were handled correctly,” said Mast.

The man’s name will be withheld until he has been arraigned on his original charges.

The Oceana County Sheriff’s Office, Life EMS and Hart Area Fire Department all helped treat the inmate at the jail.

The original arrest

The incident began at approximately 11:45 a.m. Nov. 3 when deputies were dispatched to a home on West Monroe Road in Weare Township for a felonious domestic assault, according to Mast.

When deputies arrived at the home, they found that the Hart man had visited his ex-wife’s home and instigated an argument, according to police.

After the man became agitated, he threatened his ex-wife with a large knife.

After several threats, the man eventually threw the knife to the ground, continued making threats and then went outside and used his farm tractor’s front-end loader to flip his ex-wife’s vehicle, police said.

The man then fled the scene on his tractor.

Deputies later found the man at his residence on West Tyler Road in Hart Township, where the man was barricading himself inside the home, according to police.

When deputies approached the home to interview the man, he armed himself with a cocked and armed crossbow, which he aimed at deputies, according to Mast.

The man made several threats to deputies, including telling them that he would “not be taken alive,” according to Mast.

Deputies kept communications with the suspect for several hours and eventually brought in a Michigan State Police negotiator to the scene. The negotiator spoke with the man until he gave himself up at approximately 4:30 p.m., said Mast.

The Oceana County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, Hart Police Department and Life EMS all responded to the scene.

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