Maria Keena

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) –  The man who crashed his truck into a building in Edwardsville and then held police at bay for hours before shooting himself has died.

51-year-old Roger Adams was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday.

Early Saturday morning, Adams rammed his semi cab into the office of his employer, Schneider National Trucking Company.

He talked with negotiators for hours, but said he wouldn’t be taken alive.

Adams shot himself after police fired tear gas into the building to end a 10-hour standoff.

The St. Louis City Medical Examiner will be performing an autopsy at a later time.


The Alton man accused of ramming a truck into the Schneider National Trucking Company and setting it on fire early Saturday, remained in critical condition Sunday afternoon.

Following nearly a ten hour stand-off with law enforcement, 51-year old Roger Adams shot himself just before noon Saturday inside a section of the Gateway Commerce Center.

Edwardsville police say in addition to setting his truck on fire, Adams set other fires within the business. Negotiators tried to talk him out, but when they fired tear gas into the building he shot himself in the head.

Adams is employed by Schneider Trucking, police say.

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