This morning on The Daily Weekly Ellis E. Conklin delves into the phenomenon of "suicide by cop," which, as he notes, is far more common than you might think. The tragic story of Wayne Craddock, who was shot by a Pierce County sheriff's deputy last week after he pulled a gun and said "This ends here," serves as the backbone of Conklin's story, with Pierce County Sheriff spokesman Ed Troyer telling The Daily Weekly: "We hate the term [suicide by cop]. We really don't want people to even think about it."
According to the Eugene Register-Guard, police responded to a report of disorderly conduct at approximately 5:30 p.m. Sunday evening and found a belligerently intoxicated, 49-year-old Mitchell Levi Ellingson on his front porch, armed with a paintball gun.
And thus a 30-minute standoff ensued.
From the Eugene Register-Guard:
The intoxicated man fired more than 50 paintball rounds at the officers, police said. He was yelling and threatening officers, causing alarm among neighbors, some of whom said they heard the man make statements pertaining to "suicide by cop," police said.
Officers employed rubber bullets and beanbag rounds and to take the man into custody. Lt. Bill Solesbee said. No other parties were injured, he said.
Not surprisingly, Ellingson was taken to local hospital for a medical evaluation prior to being taken to jail. He was charged with two counts of assault on a public safety officer, disorderly conduct, third-degree attempted assault and reckless endangerment.