Suicidal Man With Shotgun Found in Cornfield, Police Say

Manhunt near Turtleback Road ended peacefully Thursday night.

A manhunt for a suicidal individual ended peacefully Thursday night after officers successfully negotiated with the man in a cornfield, police said.

Local police, along with a helicopter from the New Jersey State Troopers after a family friend reported the incident to police at 8:45 p.m., Lt. Doug Compton said.

Police were told the man was suicidal and carrying a shotgun, and was in the area of Turtleback Road, Compton said.

Police found the man–whose name is not being released by authorities–in his car in a cornfield, Compton said. Sgt. Chris Bratus, Sgt. Earl Barnes, and Officer Michael Hade approached the man and began negotiating with him, Compton said.

The negotiation with the man, who was indeed carrying a shotgun, lasted for approximately an hour, Compton said, and ended successfully.

The man was removed from the vehicle and transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation, Compton said. He said no one was injured in the incident, which ended at 11:10 p.m.

No charges were filed.

For questions about this post, please email jason.koestenblatt@patch.com.

Jack Mahoffer August 19, 2012 at 04:14 PM
You have NO idea how many " real problems " are handled on a regular basis by the WTPD. Very few make the local rags ( this site excluded , of course ). You and Jerry Gorgon should do a ride along on a weekend, and experience how fun it is to deal with the plastic JO's that inhabit this town. To deal with their kids that they failed to parent. To deal with real life problems when people call for help, yet get scoffed at all the time by those who sit comfortably behind a computer blogging. As far as communications, YOUR town council decided to get rid of an efficient and cost friendly service in order to try to save money. The kicker is there is no savings at all, and " customer service " has suffered as a result.
Pai Mei August 19, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I agree with Jack, the WTPD does a great job when everyone is looking as well as when everyone is not, which is the majority of the time. I would love to see "Nothing to see here," and Jerry Gordon do a night time/weekend ride along, however, we all know they will not, they lack the intestinal fortitude. You tasting my Sake Kimosabe? Rock and rolla Ayotollah.
Nodrog August 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Ineffective? They brought my distraught friend out of that cornfield safe and alive! I'd hardly call that ineffective!!!
Jason Koestenblatt August 23, 2012 at 08:12 PM
For those unaware, we've written a follow up article to this incident, and readers are weighing in with their thoughts. That story can be seen here: http://patch.com/A-xkkN
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