The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office witnessed a horrific suicide while responding to a domestic disturbance call at 10:09 a.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of Nathan Place in York County.
When deputies arrived at a home on Nathan Place, a 46-year-old white male had already left the scene, Sheriff Danny Diggs said in a press release. Fifteen minutes later, a utility trailer was seen on fire at the intersection of Holmes Boulevard and Wolftrap Road, an entrance to the Willow Lakes subdivision near Nathan Place.
Deputies and York County Fire Department personnel approached the burning trailer, which was hitched to a white Ford Explorer. The driver of the vehicle had apparently set the trailer on fire. He refused commands to exit the vehicle.
A Fire Department officer noticed a cable attached to a nearby tree was wrapped around the neck of the driver. Upon attempting to get the driver to exit the vehicle, he rapidly accelerated.
The driver was pulled from the vehicle and was decapitated. The vehicle came to rest approximately 150 yards further down Holmes Boulevard.
After the incident, the Sheriff’s Office determined that the deceased was the same person involved in the earlier domestic dispute.
The man had spent the night at his ex-wife’s home, investigators said. On Tuesday morning, the former couple had an altercation over the man moving, Diggs said. The ex-husband had been living in Chicago. This was the first time police were called for a domestic disturbance with this couple, sheriff’s officials said.
The identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification of family.