Man kills self at P.I. police station

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 26, 2009, at 6:14 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A man from Westfield took his life at the police station Sunday night.

“A 54-year-old Westfield man committed suicide with a handgun in the outdoor alcove of the Presque Isle Police Department’s front door,” stated a press release from Detective Sgt. Wayne Selfridge. “He made no attempt to involve or notify officers, nor did he enter the building to seek mental health assistance.”

Police are not releasing the man’s name in order to protect his family.

Officers found the man’s body slumped against an outer wall of the station, just after the 10:15 p.m. incident.

A suicide note was found in his pocket and another one was left at his fiancee’s house. A handgun was recovered at the scene, Selfridge said. The investigation revealed the man was depressed, he said.

People in nearby businesses reported hearing what sounded like a car crash and a surveillance camera caught the man’s final actions.

“A police department security camera recorded the event, showing the deceased driving into the parking lot and then walking to the lighted exterior alcove where he took his life,” the press release stated.

Funeral arrangements for the man have not been determined, Selfridge said.

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