PLAINVILLE – A distraught man who refused to come out of a Milford Street home Wednesday evening took his own life as negotiators were trying to talk him out, police said.
A family member called police at around 9 p.m. to report that the man was distraught and suicidal at 194 Milford St., Lt. Eric Peterson said. Officers arrived and told neighbors to shelter in place while a crisis negotiation team and a tactical team were called to the address to try and talk him out, Peterson said.
Negotiators were talking with the man for hours, Peterson said, but police finally heard a single gunshot come from the home at about 1:45 a.m. The tactical team went into the home and found the man who was in his early 40s with a fatal gunshot wound. The incident drew a heavy police presence in the neighborhood. People were told they could leave their homes after it was confirmed that the man had died, Peterson said.
Police have not yet released the name of the man.
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