Suicidal man arrested at Rose Hills

WHITTIER - A depressed and possibly suicidal man was arrested Monday after allegedly pointing a gun at Rose Hills security and carjacking a pickup truck.The suspect's sister called Sheriff's deputies Monday at about 6:39 p.m. and said her brother had been drinking and was en route to their mother's burial spot at Rose Hills. At about the same time, deputies received another call from a witness who saw the suspect armed with a handgun at the main gate near the Carnation Garden. When deputies arrived, they learned from security staff that the suspect had pointed a gun at them and carjacked a cemetery employee's pickup truck, officials said. Deputies found the truck traveling toward the front gates "at a high rate of speed" before it turned onto a grassy area and back onto the pavement, where the driver lost control and flipped the truck over onto its side, authorities said. Deputies used less-lethal weapons and a K9 to apprehend the suspect, who was not identified. Authorities said they recovered a semi-automatic handgun.

********** Published: February 10, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 43