Subject attempting suicide closes U.S. 41
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Was it loaded? That’s the question after a man holding a revolver to his head pulled the trigger more than once without the gun firing.

In the minutes before midnight Thursday, the man had been involved in a chase with the Georgia State Patrol on U.S. Highway 411 near Hardin Bridge Road, according to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office report. A responding deputy said the silver Volkswagen passenger car had stopped on Highway 41 southbound at Baker Road and the driver had a gun to his head, refusing to exit the vehicle.

The man refused to respond to the deputy’s request to surrender and kept holding the Taurus Judge revolver to his head, alternating between holding it to his temple, his mouth or under his chin. According to the report, the man did tell officers his name was “Will” and “he had screwed up.”

The man’s girlfriend and parents responded to the scene and spoke with the subject, but were unsuccessful in getting him to exit the vehicle.

After about two hours of the standoff, the deputy reported the man “started spinning the cylinder of the handgun, which led me to believe he was trying to attempt a ‘Russian Roulette.’” Spinning the cylinder several times, the man put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger but nothing happened, which visibly upset the man who was heard cursing loudly.

He then spun the revolver several more times and put the gun back to his head and pulled the trigger. Again, nothing happened. The man raised the gun away from him, opened the cylinder and laid the revolver on the dash. He exited the vehicle with his hands up and was taken into custody and transported to Cartersville Medical Center.

Adairsville police remove children

from home, arrest two

Adairsville police took four children from a Bruce Street residence Thursday afternoon after a Division of Family and Children Services investigation.

The report stated that at 4 p.m. four officers from Adairsville Police Department went to the home, removing four children, ages 9, 11, 13 and 16. According to the report, the 11- and 16-year-old tested positive for marijuana ingestion on a “presumptive drug screen.”

Michael Kent was arrested and charged with probation violation. Samantha Wilson was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, two counts of possession of a firearm or knife during a crime, four counts of second-degree cruelty to children and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

One airlifted after crash

A head-on collision Friday evening left one man in critical condition.

Bartow County Fire Department Battalion Chief Bryan Keeling said a silver Mercedes Benz SUV and a gray Ford F150 were traveling on U.S. Highway 41 at the Cobb County line about 6 p.m. when one vehicle crossed the median, striking the other head-on.

The drivers of each vehicle were the only passengers, with both transported to Kennestone Hospital.

One man was trapped inside his vehicle, Keeling said, with the extrication taking 50 minutes. He was airlifted to Kennestone in critical condition. The other driver was taken by ambulance to Kennestone.

Emergency personnel closed U.S. 41 for more than an hour as crews worked the scene.