Heritage Park evacuated, remains closed after suicide

Heritage Park in Farmington Hills remains closed Friday afternoon, following a suicide that prompted the evacuation of campers and park staff.

According to a Farmington Hills Police Department press release, officers responded around 11 a.m. to the report of a “despondent man” in a vehicle inside the park. During the incident, police vehicles blocked Farmington Road between 10 Mile and 11 Mile Road, and as a precaution, all campers and visitors were taken by bus to the Costick Center on 11 Mile Road. Locals posting on social media said children were not given details about the situation.

Officers made “numerous attempts” to communicate with the man before he used a firearm to take his own life. “No one at the park was ever threatened or unsafe at any time, and no one else was injured,” the release noted.

The park will remain closed as police continue their investigation.

If you or someone you know needs help with depression or suicidal thoughts, call the Common Ground crisis line, 800-231-1127, which is open 24 hours. If you need immediate assistance, call 9-1-1. You can also chat with someone online at commongroundhelps.org.