Standoff Situation Ends After Armed Man Shoots Himself

By Gene Birk | 

Thirty-one-year-old Brian McClure of Woodburn shot himself in the head just after 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 2, as members of Bowling Green's Critical Response Team were trying to negotiate with him.

The standoff lasted for nearly two hours, just below the water tower at the top of Reservoir Hill.

It began after McClure had made threatening statements to Bowling Green Police.

Authorities told him to meet them at LifeSkills for a mental evaluation. When he did, he brandished a handgun and threatened them again.

"We were trying to de-escalate the situation. We had conversations with him on the phone, and asked him to meet us here for any evaluation. He agreed, and he voluntarily drove up here and met with officers," explained Officer Barry Pruitt, with the Bowling Green Police Department.

"He called the police department yesterday and started making threats, and was very paranoid. He thought he was being followed, and we tried to get him to calm down," Pruitt added.

Police say McClure fired two rounds inside his truck. He was taken to The Medical Center, then flown to Vanderbilt Hospital where he's listed in critical condition.

Kentucky State Police, Warren County Sheriff's Deputies and members of the Drug Task Force assisted in the McClure's capture.

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