Columbia Police officers responded to downtown Columbia today at 11:10 a.m. in reference to a reported suicidal subject with a gun. Boone County Joint Communications received information from a complainant that a friend was threatening suicide and had access to a gun.
The initial information indicated the female subject was traveling in a vehicle in the 300 block of Hitt Street. She abandoned her vehicle near Hitt Street and Elm Street and proceeded on foot. Officers confirmed the female was on the University of Missouri campus and still continuously moving on foot. Columbia Police officers, including Patrol officers, K-9 Unit officers, detectives with the Street Crimes Unit, Community Outreach Unit officers, and officers from the Crisis Negotiation Team, along with University of Missouri Police officers actively searched the area in efforts of locating her. At 12:51 p.m., Columbia Police officers located the female in the 400 block of Park Avenue where she was taken into custody. She was not in possession of a firearm at the time of being detained and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.
At approximately 1:22 p.m., officers located a firearm in the 1000 block of University Avenue; it is believed the female was in possession of the firearm and had discarded it at that location.
At no time throughout this investigation was there any indication that the female had any intentions on harming anyone else.