Man who committed suicide on I-575 identified
by Joshua Sharpe
April 17, 2013 12:00 AM | 5642 views | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — The man who publicly shot himself on Interstate 575 in Holly Springs on Sunday morning was identified Monday as James Alan Woods Jr., 30, of Lilburn.

Woods took his own life at the intersection of I-575 and Sixes Road about 9:30 a.m. Sunday after negotiators were unable to convince him not to, said Lt. Tanya Smith, a spokesperson for the Holly Springs Police Department.

He stayed seated on the side of the highway for two hours during negotiations with police before shooting himself in the head, Smith said Monday.

Woods was heading south on I-575 around 7:30 a.m. Sunday when he parked his 2001 Honda Accord on the shoulder at Sixes Road, Smith said.

Witnesses on the scene saw Woods get out of the car and place a handgun to his head as he paced along the roadside, Smith said.

Smith said after a few minutes the man, who was wearing a “tactical, bullet-proof” vest, walked to the edge of woods in the same Sixes Road area of I-575 and sat down.

Law enforcement and emergency agencies from all over Cherokee County responded to the scene, where Smith said negotiators with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department and the Woodstock Police Department attempted to convince Woods to not take his own life.

Smith said Woods was not cooperative with negotiators and “didn’t really say anything” to indicate why he planned to kill himself.

As of yet, Smith said, it is still unclear why Woods committed suicide or why the man chose the Holly Springs location to do so.

Early reports from several media outlets suggested that Woods’ car had “military gear” inside.

But Holly Springs Police Chief Ken Ball said that is untrue.

“We don’t know where that came from,” he said.

Woods’ body has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s medical examiner’s office for an autopsy, Ball said.

Following the autopsy, Cherokee County Coroner Earl Darby said Woods will be sent to Ginn Funeral Home in Carnesville.

Sid Ginn, of Ginn Funeral Home, said he only met Woods once, when he was acting as a pallbearer for his grandmother, but he knows his family well.

They’re “about the best bunch of folks” he’s dealt with, he said.

Woods was a husband and the father of two, Ginn said.
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April 18, 2013
I know where the reports came from, Chief. One of the "other media outlets" had your employee on the air SAYING there was military gear in the car.
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