CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A West Virginia State Police trooper responding to a domestic dispute saved a man who was trying to hang himself late Tuesday.
State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous said Cpl. C.J. Weekley of the Parkersburg detachment went to a home on Oak Grove Road in Walker about 11 p.m. after Adam M. Miller, 22, allegedly attacked three family members before running into a bedroom with a knife.
When he got there, Weekley found Miller allegedly trying to hang himself, Baylous said. He said the trooper cut the rope and began first aid.
Baylous said Weekley was able to establish rapport with Miller after Miller regained conciousness and went with him to the hospital. Authorities served a mental hygiene petition on Miller on his release from the hospital and referred family members to the West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide.
State Police Superintendent Col. Jay Smithers attributed training in first response, first aid and suicide prevention in helping save Miller's life. "Corporal Weekely relied upon his training and as a result a young man's life was saved, and his family is spared the agony of becoming yet another survivor of someone who completed suicide," Smithers said.
Baylous said troopers have dealt with an increasing number of suicides and suicide attempts in recent years.
Authorities have yet to decide whether criminal charges should be filed.Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.