Father of man who shot himself during police standoff speaks out

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 5:13 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A father who lost his son after a standoff with police in Jeffersonville is now speaking out.

Raymond Korb shot and killed himself Monday, March 24.

His father said his family tried desperately to get his son mental health treatment but found it very difficult.

"He's saying all he wants to do is die," Bob Korb, Raymond Korb’s Father, said.

Bob Korb describes the last 24 hours of his son Raymond's life as a desperate search to find him mental health help to no avail.

"With his bipolar, if he was on the good part, he was a great kid," Bob Korb said.

But he said his son's mood would change so quickly and he would become depressed. That’s what he said happened the day prior to the standoff. Even saying he wanted to die.

Bob Korb says getting his son help was almost impossible.

Then the scene unfolded on Monday, March 24. Raymond Korb went to his estranged wife's house with a weapon. When he was on the phone with family, the wife and children fled the house. Minutes later he killed himself.

Dr. Mimi McKay with The Couch, a mental health immediate care center, said it’s a story she hears way too often.

"I think we have come a long way with mental health but there is still a stigma. They are embarrassed about it or are in denial," McKay said.

The clinic opened off Brownsboro Road in January because of what she describes as a need for people to get mental health help immediately.

"Mental illness wouldn't be any different if you had diabetes or cancer. It's an illness and it's treatable and that's the sad thing," McKay said.

The Couch is located at 2415 Lime Kiln Lane and for more information on hours call 414-4557.
 

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