Lamorinda police closed down a sizable stretch of Moraga Road at Donald Drive Wednesday as a resident armed himself, threatened suicide and ultimately shot himself as police attempted to intervene.
Donald Drive was closed and a significant police response was put in place shortly after the incident was first reported at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday.
Police were reportedly in the area in support of medical personnel attempting to check on the person, described as a Donald Drive resident in his 50s – who had called police, telling dispatchers he was upset over personal issues and making threats of suicide.
Officers responded to the home and encountered the caller, who was brandishing a handgun of undetermined type, and who was alternately holding the weapon to his head or putting it in his mouth.
Police requested assistance from neighboring jurisdictions and negotiated with the for more than 15 minutes, repeatedly asking him to put down his weapon, when the individual put the gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger.
Firefighters initiated life-saving measures and the person was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek where he was pronounced dead.
Children at nearby Donald Rheem Elementary had to run in from recess when school administration called for the school to be locked down during the incident – staying under cover for about 20 minutes until an all-clear was given, according to parents.
Parents said the school had held a shelter in place/lockdown drill just last last month.
With a hard closure on Donald Drive, students had to be dismissed onto Ascot Drive.