A disagreement over a work related injury is what police believe led to the standoff yesterday at Schneider-National Trucking Company in Edwardsville. According to police, 51-year old Roger Adams of the 3000 block of Forest Drive in Alton, who works for the company as a driver, was involved in a traffic accident about six weeks ago and had just been given medical clearance to return to work on Saturday, but instead used his truck as a battering ram to enter the building where Police say he attempted to set multiple fires.
After his attempts to burn the building down failed, he refused to talk to authorities and after 10-hours, police attempted to use tear gas to lure Adams out. Instead Adams decided to turn the gun on himself, shooting himself once in the head. He remains in critical condition and is on life support at St. Louis University Hospital at this hour.
In a related incident, police were forced to evacuate Adams' home Saturday afternoon when neighbors grew suspicious that a bomb may be inside the residence after Adams had painted "booby trapped" and "keep out" on the exterior of the residence. Alton police probed the house and did not find anything that resembled a bomb, but did find several indications that the house was rigged to catch fire.
There were no other injuries reported from either of the incidents.