The McDuffie Mirror
  

Top Stories
Subscribe Today!
Quick Hits
    · Home
· Subscribe
· Contact Us
· Archive
· Subscribe
    · News
· Business
· Opinion
· Schools
    · Sports
    · Community
· Obituaries
· Weddings
· Engagements
· Births
· Anniversaries
· Submit Event

· Search Legal Ads


 E-mail this story      Printer-friendly version

Soldier ties up interstate with suicide threat

A 31-year-old Oklahoma soldier, distraught over orders to go to Iraq and a restraining order keeping him from seeing his six-year-old son, threatened to jump off an interstate overpass in McDuffie County Monday morning.

jumper3.jpg

10:15 a.m., Monday
Sgt. James Richard Rogers talks with Georgia State Patrol troopers atop the Washington Road overpass at Interstate 20.
Photo by Jason B. Smith
Sgt. James Richard Rogers climbed out of his gold Saturn about 10:15 a.m. Monday and was standing on the overpass railing as emergency personnel arrived.

McDuffie County Public Information Officer Don Norton said the incident lasted about 30 minutes as traffic on the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 was diverted up the Exit 172 ramp and across Highway 17.

Around 10:50 a.m. a cadre of Georgia State Patrol Troopers and McDuffie County Sheriff's deputies wrestled Sgt. Rogers to the ground.

Georgia State Patrol Post Commander Mark Bentley and McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall said Monday afternoon their agencies would likely not be filing charges in the incident.

jumper1.jpg

10:47 a.m.
A group of Georgia State Patrol troopers, McDuffie County deputies and local emergency workers wrestle Sgt. Rogers to the ground to end the standoff.
Photo by Jason B. Smith
Officials said Sgt. Rogers was first transported to McDuffie Regional Medical Center and then to Fort Gordon.

Mr. Norton, who also serves as county manager, said Sgt. Rogers had come to the McDuffie County Courthouse in an effort to see his child Monday morning.

There he was told a restraining order was in place, and the man became distraught.

"He was not threatening over here or anything like that, just terribly upset," Mr. Norton said.

jumper2.jpg

10:53 a.m.
A handcuffed Sgt. Rogers talks with various emergency workers after being taken into custody Monday.
Photo by Jason B. Smith
Fort Sill Media Chief Nancy Elliott said Sgt. Rogers is attached to the B Battery, Second Battalion, Fifth Field Artillery Regiment and the unit is on deployment orders. She did not have any more information on the soldier, she said.


jumper4.jpg

10:55 a.m.
Officers check Sgt. Rogers before loading him into the back of a McDuffie County Sheriff's Department vehicle.
Photo by Jason B. Smith



Web posted on Thursday, June 30, 2005











Spotted!

Weather
Temperature:53° F
Conditions:overcast
Wind:from the W at 5 MPH
Humidity:100%
Visibility:10 miles
Dew Point:53° F
Updated: 04-Nov-2010 10:01
Calendar
February

S M T W T F S
21 22 23 24 25 26 27


Online Poll
Do you support the school system's graduation policy?
Yes
No
Undecided
View results











© 2011 The McDuffie Mirror. Contact the .
View our .