Palm Bay Police and Employer Convince Man Not To Kill Himself

Police and an employer talked a man out of suicide in Palm Bay.
Police and an employer talked a man out of suicide in Palm Bay. (Photo: Brevard County Jail)

PALM BAY, Florida – A man who threatened to take his child by force from his ex-wife and commit suicide by cop was talked out of it by his employer, according to the Palm Bay Police Department.

On Saturday at approximately 9:15 p.m., police responded to the 300 block of Brantley Street in reference to suicide threats, the report said.

Joseph William Mills, 33, told his father he was going to Sebastian to take his son away from his mother by force, then retreat to his mother’s house where he would call out the police to commit suicide by cop, according to the report.

An employer of Mills was able to talk him out of going to Sebastian and taking his son, but he still threatened the suicide.

Officers arrived at the home in Palm Bay where they made contact with Mills on a cellphone. He told officers he could get weapons from a middle eastern man and would do so if needed.

“After a lengthy conversation, Joseph finally came out of the house and spoke with us,” the officer said.

A decision was made to Baker Act Mills. Officers informed Mills he was going to be Baker Acted and he replied “no oh” and began to retreat backwards into the home.

Officers grabbed Mills by arm and took him into custody after a struggle that turned into resisting arrest.

Mills was arrested and taken to Palm Bay ER for medical clearance and then transported to the Brevard County Jail where he was placed under a Baker Act.

According to the Sebastian Police Department, Mills violated his court-ordered injunction on the same day where he made contact with his ex-wife.

Mills was following through with his threats and was traveling to his ex-wife’s home when his boss called and convinced him to turn around.

Anyone who is suicidal may receive immediate help by logging onto or by calling 1-800-SUICIDE. Suicide is preventable, and if you are feeling suicidal, you must get help. So please visit or call 1-800-SUICIDE immediately.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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