CLAYTON -- Authorities from at least six local and state agencies spent six hours Sunday searching for a possibly suicidal man with a gun who disappeared near Mt. Diablo State Park before he finally turned himself in.
No one was injured. The man was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
Police were alerted to the situation about 10:21 a.m., when they received a call that the 24-year-old Antioch man had been sending text messages threatening to take his life. He was possibly armed with a handgun and headed to Morgan Territory Road, on the east side of Mount Diablo, police learned.
About 10 to 15 minutes later, a Contra Costa County Sheriff's deputy spotted the man's car traveling south on Morgan Territory Road; when the man saw the deputy, he took off at a high speed. By the time the deputy found the car, the man had fled on foot.
Officers and deputies from Clayton, Concord, the sheriff's office, East Bay Regional Parks Police, the California Highway Patrol, and the state parks began a search for the man. A helicopter, K-9 units and an armored vehicle were used in the search.
After about six hours, the search was called off; shortly after that, the man approached officers and surrendered, seeking medical attention for dehydration and fatigue. He also led officers to the location where he had hidden the gun.
Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.