Good Samaritans come face to face with hazardous materials
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Two bystanders found a man who had committed suicide, but when the Good Samaritans opened the car doors, they were exposed to a cloud from a toxic substance.
Fort Lauderdale Police said it was a combination of weed killer and other household chemicals. The car was located in an alley at 916 West Las Olas Boulevard.
"It appears he used several different household agents, cleaning supplies and maybe weed killer or items that you use around your house, inside your home to clean," Fort Lauderdale Police Detective DeAnna Greenlaw said. "He then combined those items and created a deadly chemical agent."
The two victims were taken to the Broward Health Medical Center as a precaution.
"We have two individuals, that we're calling Good Samaritans, [who] observed the vehicle," Greenlaw said. "They may have attempted to open the vehicle door to render aid to this individual. Those individuals were transported to Broward Health as a precautionary measure, just to make sure that they were not introduced to the same chemical."
T.J. Mujadid was outside while police were clearing out the area and was turned away. "I just came outside, the cops were over there, and they just told me to go outside," Mujadid said.
The incident was so dangerous, police told many other people to stay indoors and closed off several blocks.
The condition of the two Samaritans is unknown. A firefighter was also taken to the hospital, overcome by the heat.
Police have not released the name of the man who took his life, but a note was sent to 7News after the suicide. Investigators are focusing on the letter addressed to a relative or friend, which states, "So I guess this is it. If you are reading this, then I am already gone. This email is on a timed delay to be sent after I am gone."
The letter went on to say, "I guess if you wanted to stop me, you would have told someone. You knew the method I was using, Hydrogen Sulfide, and even the date."
The note also references his arrest for voyeurism at the Mai-Kai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. "My life ended on March 8 that day in the parking lot of Mai Kai."
"The notes are absolutely part of the investigation," Greenlaw said. "They will be reviewed by investigators, and they will determine the credibility of the notes."
The name of the person left on the note is not being released as investigators contact family members.
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