Cedartown man in mental crisis shoots himself during police search of Riverside Park

July 5th, 8:00 PM

WRGA News Staff Reports –

The Rome Police Department and Floyd County Sheriff’s Office closed areas around Riverside Park on Friday evening due to a person in the area experiencing a mental health crisis and armed with a gun.

A large police presence responded to Riverside Parkway to resolve the situation, and the public was asked to report any suspicious activity to 911.

The individual, identified as Ryan Scott McCrickard of Cedartown, posted on Facebook several times stating he was hiding from an alleged crime organization.

A Georgia State Patrol helicopter was called to help law enforcement locate McCrickard.

Rome Police confirmed that McCrickard took his own life as police got close to his location.

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