Woman threatens suicide, taken into custody

WAKEFIELD – A woman was taken into custody after police responded to a traffic crash that resulted in a suicidal incident at a residence in Gogebic County’s Wakefield Township on Monday.

Troopers from the Wakefield State Police responded to a traffic crash at the intersection of Pummala Road and Colberg Road at 10:12 p.m. Monday.

While investigating the traffic crash, troopers made contact with the registered owner of the vehicle at a Wakefield Township residence.

Upon arrival at the residence, troopers were informed by the adult son of the vehicle owner that she was threatening suicide. Troopers were informed that the woman had a rifle and a shotgun in the residence and she had barricaded the door.

Troopers were able to make contact with the woman through an open window and attempted to convince her to allow troopers to help her.

Police said the woman repeatedly stated she wanted police to kill her and she would not come out alive.

Troopers were informed that a male friend of the woman was also in the residence. They were able to get him to exit the residence with the rifle.

Troopers continued to speak with the woman with no positive results.

While speaking with the woman, troopers detected a strong odor of natural gas. Police said the woman had opened all burners on the stove.

Troopers then made the decision to enter the residence.

Upon entering the residence, the woman was found to be in possession of a shotgun and she had opened the burners of the stove.

She was highly intoxicated and taken into custody for possession of a firearm while intoxicated and lodged at the county jail.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department.