UPDATE ON 146 SUICIDE: Polk County Sheriff, Byron Lyons authorized a press release regarding the suicide incident that occurred on US-146 on November 21, 2023: The following is the press release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office...
On November 21, 2023, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, received a 911 call from an elderly male resident, 93 years of age, stating that he was on a golf cart on Hwy 146 South, with a firearm, and was going to commit suicide due to medical problems that he was suffering from and could no longer handle.
EMS was requested to immediately respond to the area and stage at a safe distance, until deputies and detectives could secure the scene.
A 911 dispatcher talked with the subject, Gayle Edwin Everett, 93, of Livingston, for several minutes in attempts to keep him on the phone until law enforcement officers arrived at his location. Officers and detectives quickly arrived onscene and initially attempted to speak to the subject; however, the subject sat down on his golf cart and then took his own life with his firearm.
Sheriff Lyons would like to thank Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers, 911 Dispatchers, local EMS, and Justice of the Peace Precent 3 D. Johnson, for their assistance with this unfortunate incident.
An autopsy was ordered by Judge Johnson to be performed by the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office.
End of press release
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW
US-146 next to Forest Springs Subdivision, 11/21/23, 2 pm
Elderly Man Kills Himself on 146, PROVIDENCE, November 21, 2023 - Shortly before 2 pm on November 21, 2023, Polk County Sheriff's Office Dispatch radioed that an elderly man (93 years old) was traveling in a golf cart south-bound on US-146 on the shoulder. Callers informed dispatch that the man's behavior was erratic and that he had a pistol. Corporal Ramey Bass (with the Texas Highway Patrol) was nearby and located the man on 146 next to the Forest Springs subdivision. Corporal Bass was quickly joined by Trooper Cotye Lowrie (also with the Highway Patrol). A couple of minutes later, Trooper Lowrie radioed to dispatch "shots fired, he shot himself". Within minutes Officers from Livingston Police Dept. and Deputies and Detectives from the Polk County Sheriff's Office converged on the scene. The name of the man is being withheld at this time. We'll update this story as soon as we're able to get more information.
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