A man who threatened to harm himself at the west bank boat launch near the John C. Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus early Monday evening ended peacefully, according to a Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office report.
Around 5:30 p.m., deputies responded to a call from a man who said he was in the water at the launch, was holding a gun to his head and requesting a particular individual to be with him at the site. Lowndes deputies responded to the scene, along with Columbus Fire and Rescue.
Although the man had surrendered the gun as deputies arrived, he refused to come out of the water. The man was distracted by CFR’s arrival, allowing deputies to take the man into custody.
The man was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. No charges have been filed.
The Lock and Dam was closed for about an hour as a precaution, according to Justin Murphree of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but it did not affect traffic going through the lock.