May 2, 2012 at 7:09 am
STILLWATER, MN. (AP) - Authorities in eastern Minnesota say first responders
are dealing with a new and dangerous phenomenon, chemical suicide.
Washington County Sheriff's Cmdr. Brian Mueller says his department dealt with
its first case over the weekend. A person had committed suicide by mixing
household chemicals in a bucket, creating a deadly gas. The body of a man from
Prescott, Wis., was found in a car in Point Douglas Park.
Mueller says when first responders arrived they detected a faint smell of
chemicals and called St. Paul hazardous materials squad. He says more training
is needed for first responders because they ''may not know what they're walking
into when they open the car door.''
Mueller tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/ISO3kY ) the haz-mat
squad has dealt with similar incidents in the Twin Cities metro area.