A man with a gun kept police at bay outside a government building for more than five hours and closed off part of downtown Mobile, Alabama before shooting himself
MOBILE, unfortunately. — A man with a gun kept police at bay outside a government building for more than five hours Monday and closed off part of downtown Mobile, Alabama before shooting himself, authorities said.
The man, who was not immediately identified, is believed to have suffered a life-threatening wound, but his condition was not immediately available, police chief Paul Prine told news outlets.
Before the standoff ended, Prince said the man seemed incoherent in conversations with mental health professionals.
Katrina Frazier, a police spokeswoman, told reporters that a man with an apparent gunshot wound was seen in a parked car outside Government Plaza, which is home to multiple Mobile County offices and courts. She said the man pointed a gun at his head as officers approached to see if he needed help, al.com reported.
“Officers withdrew from the crime scene and we called in the SWAT teams and a negotiator,” Frazier said. It is not clear whether the man shot himself or was shot by someone else.
Photos and videos of the scene showed dozens of officers pointing pistols and rifles at a car parked along a curb. Mental health workers were on site to speak to the person and no hostages were involved, James Barber, an aide in the mayor’s office, told WALA-TV.
A window in the back seat of the car shattered momentarily before a man with a gun to his head briefly exited the vehicle, paused on the sidewalk, and stepped back inside. An armored police vehicle was used to pin the car to a pole after the man tried to drive away, Prine said, and the man shot himself after officers fired tear gas at the car.
A main road through the city was blocked during the episode, as well as a tunnel that runs under the Mobile River and exits the city.