State trooper honored for claming man considering suicide

A state trooper was honored for helping police calm a man who threatened to commit suicide in a Greenwood neighborhood.

In November, a man in the Featherstone neighborhood, off Apryl Drive west of Averitt Road, had used an in-car communication system to report he was going to shoot himself. The man said if he saw police in the area, he would kill himself, and that he wanted to talk to his neighbor, Indiana State Police Trooper Shane Cunningham, according to a news release from state police.

Greenwood police contacted Cunningham, who called the man. During the call, the man became agitated and then drove off, leading police on a short chase. He stopped, got out of his car and pointed a gun to his head, the release said.

Cunningham came to the area and talked to the man through a loud speaker, getting him to surrender to police, the release said.

Cunningham received the Commendation Award, given to an employee or person for extraordinary and exemplary professionalism, the release said.

Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.