Deputy saves suicidal woman by pulling shotgun held to her face

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A Canyon Country woman is alive today after a deputy found the suicidal woman sitting inside a car with the barrel of a shotgun pointed at her face. Making a “split-second” decision, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputy grabbed barrel of the shotgun and pulled it safely away from both the woman and himself, Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the SCV Sheriff’s Station, said Friday. Shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, deputies responded to concerns of the woman’s family members worried for her well-being. “The deputy was responding to a welfare check after a relative called the station indicating the woman was possibly suicidal,” Miller said. “He went to the woman’s house and rang the doorbell.” When no one came to the door, the deputy looked around and spotted a woman sitting along in a nearby car. “He saw that she had a shotgun positioned under her chin and made a split second decision,” she said. “He reached inside the car and grabbed the shotgun, and pulled it away from her face from both of them.” The deputy began talking calmly to the woman and was able to secure the gun, Miller said. When other deputies and support agencies arrived, the woman was taken to hospital for medical treatment. “This is an example of the split second decision deputies have to make daily, putting themselves at risk in order to help and save the lives of others,” Miller said. Mental Health and other resources for the Santa Clarita Valley College of the Canyons Student Health & Wellness Resource Website Child & Family Center, Santa Clarita Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Behavioral Health Free and Confidential MH Screening Website: Mental Health America Mental Health: It’s Part of All Our Lives 1-800- 789-2647 National Child Traumatic Stress Network National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare National Institute for Mental Health National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800- 273-TALK SAMHSA Site for Coping with Disaster and Traumatic Events: Santa Clarita City Mental Health Resource Page SCV Youth Project (661) 257.YOUTH (9688) Stop Bullying SRD~Straightening Reins – equine therapy 661-803-1641 ACCESS (DMH Mental Health Hotline) (800)-854-7771 Asian Pacific Counseling & Treatment Center (818) 267-1100 Child & Family Center, Santa Clarita (Children, Youth and Adults) (661) 259-9439 Child and Family Guidance Center – Northridge (818) 993-9311 College of the Canyons Student Health & Wellness Center (661)-362- 3259 The Center currently helps over 750 children and their families each week. For more information, contact the Center at 661-259-9439 or visit To learn more about emotional health and how to get help or support a loved one, visit