Hartford Man Kills Self During Traffic Stop

A Hartford man shot himself after police say he requested floor plans to a building where his love interest worked.

It happened at 9:11 Wednesday morning, right off of Main Street in Hartford.

Police say they'd been on the lookout for a man who wanted floor plans to the Town Rescue Building, but when they found him, he took his own life.

"I can't believe it happened in Hartford. You hear about stuff like that maybe in Dothan or somewhere in Atlanta. But never in a small town like Hartford," says Hartford Resident Johnathan Smith.

That seems to be the response from Hartford residents we spoke with who say they just can't believe a routine traffic stop turned deadly.

"I was very shocked. This is a small town. A quiet community,” continued Smith.

Hartford Police got word Tuesday a man requested floor plans to the Hartford Rescue Building.

That man has been identified as 40-year-old Hartford Resident Stephen Tindell.

"What we've learned is there was an ex-girlfriend or some type of relationship that works at the rescue building," said Police Chief Nick Finer.

An alert was put out and Wednesday morning, Hartford Police Officer Kip Snell spotted Tindell then pulled him over.

"The subject got out of the vehicle and approached Officer Snell,” says Chief Finer. “Officer Snell advised the subject to step back towards his vehicle, the subject then went back in his vehicle, closed the door then took his own life."

But police say they aren't saying where Tindall was heading, or what his motive was.

"We don't know what the intentions were. You know it's a shame when someone feels that was their only option," concludes Finer.

Tindell took his life with a shotgun that was in his car.

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate.

If you are suicidal or know of someone who is, there is help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may call 1-800-273-TALK where someone is available to lead you through the crisis.


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  • by Lou Location: Palm Bay, FL on Feb 21, 2010 at 05:10 PM
    I just learned of my old friend Steve's death. I am truly in shock. Stephen was a former Marine and a fine upstanding man. He and I used to fish and hunt together many years ago. I liked him so much, and was proud to call him my friend. I pray for his daughter and for his soul. I simply cannot write enough about him, so I won't even try. Stephen, this world is so much less without you.
  • by Michelle Rizon Location: Philippines on Sep 4, 2007 at 07:28 PM
    I will miss you forever Steve, you're such a sweet friend to me and a loving father to your daughter.... for his daughter.... your daddy love you so much... pls take care and your dad love u forever - love u steve and will miss u always
  • by Sarah Hornby Location: England, UK on Aug 28, 2007 at 09:27 PM
    I knew and loved Stephen with all my heart only god knows why he choose the path he did. I hope and pray god welcomes him with open arms. I pray for Danielle every day and hopefully one day she will understand why daddy did what he did. Dan and Demares god will give you the strength to get through this. I miss and love you Ste and you will forever live on in my heart and in my memories.
  • by linda Location: calif on Aug 25, 2007 at 03:30 PM
    i pray for his family and his little girl that he loved...its a shame tho that her love wasnt enough for him to stay here for her....im sorry for that..
  • by Jean Location: Enterprise on Aug 23, 2007 at 09:02 AM
    I am so tired of hearing everytime something tragic happens, "I never thought it would ever happen here." Wake up people, it can and will happen!!!!! My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of the victim.
  • by JJ Location: Hartford Al on Aug 23, 2007 at 05:56 AM
    This is such a terrible thing!Our prayers are with the family.God will give you the strengthn to get through this. This is a perfect example of why you should never play with anyone's feelings or emotions.You never know how much someone can take.Let this be a sad lesson to the female and hopefully this will never happen to anyone else. Just pray and rely on God!!
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