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MARSHALL CO. â€” A potentially tragic situation was averted Thursday thanks to the cooperation of several first responding departments.
Around 1 p.m. Thursday, police, fire and EMS were dispatched to a home on 11B Road just outside of the city of Plymouth.
A man at the residence had doused himself in gasoline, barricaded himself in his driveway with old lawn mowers and mo-peds and threatened to light himself on fire.
He held a large lighter in one of his hands.
After four tense hours, the Marshall County Sheriffâ€™s Department with Indiana State Police and the state policeâ€™s emergency response team, were able to flank then rush the subject before he could light himself on fire.
â€śWe were able to rush in and kind of surprised him before he got away,â€ť said Marshall County Sheriff Tom Chamberlin.
Chamberlin thanked the state police as well as Plymouthâ€™s Fire Department and EMS.
â€śIt was good cooperation all around,â€ť said Chamberlin. â€śWe had to utilize all those services.â€ť
After being looked at by a medic, the man was admitted for a 72-hour detention at a mental health facility.
Chamberlin declined to comment on what caused the manâ€™s actions.
Nobody else was home at the time of the situation.
Because the man was detained for a psychiatric evaluation, his identity was not released.