At approximately 4:15 pm, the Teton County Sheriff’s office received a report from Fremont County Sheriff’s Office of a suicidal subject that may be in the Driggs area. Fremont County was advised by the brother of the suicidal subject that he may attempt suicide by cop and was in possession of a firearm.
TCSO deputies searched the Driggs area based off of GPS coordinates from the phone location of the suicidal subject. The search was narrowed down until the subject was located parked near the north end of Broulim’s plaza in Driggs. Deputies shut down sections of Bates Rd entering the plaza for safety of the public and nearby patrons of business were advised to exit away from the incident area, including a class at the senior center. The Madison County Special Response Team was requested to assist with the incident but was later cancelled.
The subject appeared drowsy from medications thought to be taken. Deputies then moved in to take the subject into custody with out incident. A long gun was located in front seat of the vehicle. The subject was transported to Teton Valley Hospital by ambulance. At this time no criminal charges are pending against the subject. Family member were notified that the subject was unharmed and being taken to receive medical attention at TVH.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Teton County Fire and Rescue with their assistance with detouring traffic and assisting with securing the area for the safety of the public.
Teton County Sheriff deputies are currently engaged on an active call with a person at Ace Hardware in Driggs. The community is advised to stay clear of the area while deputies work to contain the person safely. Sections of roadways have been closed including Bates Road access and the Post Office access.
Mitch Golden, Public Information Officer with the sheriff’s office said it is unknown at this time whether the person is armed. Deputies received a call about two and half hours ago and have just been able to locate him on the north side of Ace Hardware, outside of the store.
The store is closed due to regular business hours and there is no one in the store a this time.
This is an ongoing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.