Schneider driver dies of self-inflicted gunshot after standoff

| 1/30/2012

In Edwardsville, IL, north of St. Louis, a driver for Schneider National shot himself in the head after a nine-hour standoff with police at a company terminal on Saturday. After being hospitalized, news sources are now confirming he has died.

The police report says 51-year-old Roger Adams drove his tractor-trailer through a closed door at the Gateway Commerce Center just before 2 a.m. Saturday morning, Jan. 28.

He then used an accelerant to set his truck on fire and started separate fires in an office area.

The sprinkler system extinguished most of the flames.

Police talked to Adams on his cell phone, off and on, throughout the morning but he refused their request to surrender.

Just before noon, officers fired tear gas into the building and Adams responded by shooting himself with a small-caliber handgun. According to the Alton Telegraph, he was not pronounced dead until 9:14 p.m. on Sunday.

The Alton Telegraph reports Adams had been off work for six weeks following a crash and had received a medical release to return to work on Saturday.

The newspaper also reports that, at his home in Alton, he had spray-painted the words “booby trapped” and “stay out” on his house and garage.

The St. Louis City Medical Examiner’s Office will be performing an autopsy at a later time, Police Chief James Bedell said.