By Crystal McGough
An armed man who Trussville, Birmingham and Moody police have been negotiating with for several hours this morning committed suicide at approximately 12:30 p.m. today.
Birmingham Police Department’s Sgt. Johnny Williams confirmed that the man ended his life after hours of talking to a police negotiator. There will be a suicide investigation, he said.
The Trussville PD began investigating the case this morning after receiving a telephone call around 7:30 a.m. from the man’s company, a Trussville heating and cooling company. The company informed the police that the man had not reported for work and his company vehicle was not where it was supposed to be.
The police located the vehicle and the subject using the GPS system that was installed in the company vehicle
. The man, armed with a gun, was in an open field off of Mary Taylor Road near Trussville, but in the Birmingham jurisdiction.
BPD sent its tactical SWAT team to the scene to join TPD and the Moody Police Department.
Williams confirmed that the man was a subject of one of MPD’s investigations, but could not give further information on the MPD investigation or confirm whether or not the investigation had to do with the situation.
“He continued to talk to a negotiator,” Williams said. “He stopped and eventually took his life.”
The man’s name has not been released. Williams said that the man’s family will be notified before his name is released.