Ind. Officer Shoots Gun Out of Suicidal Man's Hand

An assistant chief of the Danville Police Department shot a gun out of the hand of a suicidal man in an incident Friday.


DANVILLE, Ind. --

An assistant chief of the Danville Police Department shot a gun out of the hand of a suicidal man in an incident Friday morning, officials said.

A woman called 911 to report that her 38-year-old son was trying to kill himself at a home in the 400 block of West Lincoln Street.

When officers arrived, the man repeatedly waved the gun around and told them he was going to kill himself, investigators said.

Officers ordered the man to drop the gun, and then Assistant Chief Ron Kneeland shot it out of his hand, investigators said.

William Wright, chief of investigations for the Danville Police Department, praised Kneeland's actions.

"In my opinion, he's a hero," Wright said.

The suicidal man was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of a gunshot wound to the hand.

Indiana State Police was called in to investigate the shooting.

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