Booneville city official threatens suicide on Snapchat, family calls incident a joke

A Booneville city official went to social media and threatened suicide.

Posted: Aug. 15, 2018 5:28 PM
Updated: Aug. 16, 2018 9:15 AM

BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - A Booneville city official went to social media to threaten suicide, but his family says it was a meant as a joke.

Vice-Mayor Mark McCoy sent a Snapchat post Tuesday night with what appeared to be some sort of device strapped to himself.

WTVA does not have permission to air the video.

“I’m through with living. Let me know,” McCoy is heard saying in the post. “You have 24 hours from now to let me know.”

Booneville Mayor Chris Lindley says he’s aware of the video.

Lindley confirms police went to McCoy’s house Tuesday night to check on him. When they got there, police said everyone was safe.

Booneville Police Chief Michael Ramey doesn’t believe the device shown in the video was anything harmful to McCoy.

The type of device shown in the video is not known.

The vice mayor's family responded on Facebook and said the official was undergoing a sleep apnea test, and the ordeal was meant as a  joke. When contacted by WTVA, McCoy had no comment.

Below is what McCoy said in the post:

"Right here and when the lights go red I'm over unless you text me, call me, tell me you love me.

"Let me know how many loves I have on Snapchat, because I'm through of living. I'm tired. Y'all don't love me now, let me know before I do this. You have 24 hours from now to let me know. Please save my grandchildren's father. They love me, show me you love me."

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