[Ed. – Unbearably sad.]
A few minutes before he picked up the phone and dialed 911, 18-year-old Limichael Shine penned an apology note to the officer that was about to be enlisted in his suicide plan.
“In the note, Mr. Shine wrote that his goal was to commit suicide by officer,” according to a news release from the Ocean County, N.J., prosecutor’s office. “He apologizes to the officer who will ultimately respond to his call.”
About 1:50 p.m. Sunday, Shine was at a house that he helped his mother clean as part of her housekeeping business. He called 911, saying he was suicidal and wanted an officer to come to the home on Robin Street in Manchester Townshship, N.J., about 30 miles southeast of Trenton.
The officers who arrived encountered the 18-year-old holding a large knife, prosecutors said. When he saw the officers, he began walking toward them, telling them to shoot him.
“The Officers gave Mr. Shine commands to relax, surrender and to drop his weapon,” the prosecutor’s news release said.
But Shine continued to advance — and an officer fired one shot.
The officers gave first aid to Shine in the driveway of the home, but he was later pronounced dead at a hospital.