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Suicidal man barricades himself in his truck along the Peru riverfront

Posted by wlpo on April 21, 2015

A stretch of Water Street was blocked off Monday as Peru officers worked to talk a man out of committing suicide.

Peru Commander Shawn Andersen says they got a call just after noon Monday from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office about a man in his early 60’s threatening to shoot himself. He was found on Water Street near the old Red Door property.

Water Street was blocked off as the suicidal man barricaded himself inside his truck while holding a handgun. After about an hour and a half, the man unloaded his gun and ended the standoff. He was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital for treatment.

Andersen says no charges will be filed.

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