Man taken into custody after calling suicide hot line from Greendale Drive home

July 23, 2012
  • Hagerstown Auxiliary Police officers temporarily close Greendale Drive Monday night while the Washington County Special Response Team and Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office investigate the home of a man who called a suicide hot line.
By C.J. Lovelace/Staff Writer

HAGERSTOWN — A man was taken into custody without incident Monday night after he called a suicide hot line from his Greendale Drive home, just off Jefferson Boulevard east of Hagerstown, according to Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore.

The man, who was not identified, was taken to Meritus Medical Center for evaluation, Mullendore said. The man lives by himself on Greendale Drive, Mullendore said.

Two sheriff’s deputies responded to the home at 5:09 p.m. for a man who called a veterans’ suicide hot line, Mullendore said.

“When they got to the door, they observed a note on the door which kind of gave them an indication that things may not be good on the inside,” he said.

The Washington County Special Response Team and Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office were called to investigate, but no serious threats were found inside the home, Mullendore said.

When asked, Mullendore said the note read “something like, if you make it through the traps, I’ll hunt you down. That kind of thing.”

Units were on the scene investigating until about 9:30 p.m. Greendale Drive was closed to traffic while police searched the home for potential booby traps.

— C.J. Lovelace

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