Five hospitalized in Missouri after responding to suicide

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 | 11:27 a.m. CST

SUGAR CREEK — Four emergency responders and a family member of a Sugar Creek man who committed suicide Monday were taken to a hospital after being exposed to cyanide gas.

The man's sister-in-law found him unresponsive in his pickup truck and two gas canisters on the floorboard. A firefighter and three police officers who were first on the scene, in addition to the woman, were exposed to the gas when the pickup door was opened.

All five were expected to recover.

Sugar Creek police chief Herb Soule says the suicide is tragic, but he's troubled that the man also put the lives of others in danger.


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