Disturbing suicide-by-cop request

Staff Report

A man found walking in the middle of Rt. 58 just after midnight on April 27 asked Oberlin police to kill him, according to a report.

When police spotted him in traffic near Locust Street, he was ordered to a sidewalk.

He told officers he planned to jump in front of a train; he also asked to be shot to death.

The man was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain. En route, police noted he was rambling and “making vague statements about death.”

At the hospital, the man resisted all attempts of security staff to pry him out of the squad car and strap him to a gurney, the report said.

The man was held for psychiatric evaluation.

Staff Report