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Family calls charges stemming from night of teen's suicide-unfounded

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Kevin Russell still wells up with tears talking about the night his daughter committed suicide. She died at the hospital while he sat in jail. 
16 year old Brooke Russell  shot herself in Roanoke Park. She called 911 as did her mother who found her and her father when he arrived. 


But Kevin Russell says, "she was warm, and I looked at her  eyes, the  pupils were  not dilated so I felt the best thing to do would be was to get her to the hospital as soon as possible, not waste anytime. 

The family took Brooke from Roanoke Park to meet an ambulance at the police station. 

Brooke's brother Brant says, "Once I put her on the gurney I felt  100 times better than at the park or when we were carrying her to the ambulance,  I was ready to see them star working on her." 

His father Kevin was frantic and says he was screaming, "let's go  hurry up get her to the hospital, get her to freeman."  They contend the ambulance crew told Kevin to calm down but when they turned to ask what was wrong with Brooke, she fell off the gurney. 

Kevin admits to more screaming but he is charged with assault and says ambulance reports claimed he pushed the paramedic, something he denies, "Why would I hit somebody trying to save my daughters life. They're completely unfounded." 

 


Brant says an officer came up and pepper sprayed him, while Kevin was told to calm down and was sprayed as well.

KOAM could not get a copy of the full  police report from that night of March 17th,  just a short narrative that police were called to the park for a juvenile with a self inflicted gun shot wound.
Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts told KOAM, "I cannot comment on the case since it has not been adjudicated.  We understand the family is grieving.  But any comment I make could prejudice the case."

Kevin and Brant Russell each face charges of disturbing the peace, obstruction and assault.


 

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