Farmington Hills park evacuated over suicide

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Investigators are on the scene of a suicide Friday at a Farmington Hills park that was full of young campers, according to police.

First responders arrived around 11 a.m. and immediately cleared Heritage Park at 24915 Farmington Road, officials said. Visitors and campers were evacuated “as a precautionary measure,” including more than 80 children attending a summer camp.

The campers were taken by bus to the Costick Center at 28600 Eleven Mile, where parents may pick them up this afternoon, police said.

Once on the scene, officers attempted to establish contact with the man, described as “despondent” and seated inside a vehicle.

“Sadly, he utilized a firearm to take his own life,” police said in a statement. “No one at the park was ever threatened or unsafe at any time, and no one else was injured.”

The park will be closed for several hours as police conduct their follow-up investigation.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the response, according to officials there. A department tactical truck was spotted racing toward the scene late Friday morning.

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