Ellsworth man hospitalized after shooting self

Ellsworth police officers and firefighters prepare to retrieve the body of an attempted suicide victim from the banks of the Union River off Water Street in Ellsworth Tuesday afternoon. The Ellsworth man, thought to be in his 30s, was reported missing earlier in the day and police had been searching for him for several hours before an assistant harbor master searching the river spotted the body on the banks of the river near the rear of Maine Shellfish on Water Street.  The man was injured with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Lt. Harold Page, and was taken by ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. There was no immediate word on his conditions. Police recovered a .25 caliber automatic pistol at the scene. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY RICH HEWITT
Ellsworth police officers and firefighters prepare to retrieve the body of an attempted suicide victim from the banks of the Union River off Water Street in Ellsworth Tuesday afternoon. The Ellsworth man, thought to be in his 30s, was reported missing earlier in the day and police had been searching for him for several hours before an assistant harbor master searching the river spotted the body on the banks of the river near the rear of Maine Shellfish on Water Street. The man was injured with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Lt. Harold Page, and was taken by ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. There was no immediate word on his conditions. Police recovered a .25 caliber automatic pistol at the scene. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY RICH HEWITT
Posted July 27, 2010, at 4:06 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:08 p.m.
Ellsworth police officers and firefighters prepare to retrieve the body of an attempted suicide victim from the banks of the Union River off Water Street in Ellsworth Tuesday afternoon. The Ellsworth man, thought to be in his 30s, was reported missing earlier in the day and police had been searching for him for several hours before an assistant harbor master searching the river spotted the body on the banks of the river near the rear of Maine Shellfish on Water Street.  The man was injured with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Lt. Harold Page, and was taken by ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. There was no immediate word on his conditions. Police recovered a .25 caliber automatic pistol at the scene. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY RICH HEWITT
Ellsworth police officers and firefighters prepare to retrieve the body of an attempted suicide victim from the banks of the Union River off Water Street in Ellsworth Tuesday afternoon. The Ellsworth man, thought to be in his 30s, was reported missing earlier in the day and police had been searching for him for several hours before an assistant harbor master searching the river spotted the body on the banks of the river near the rear of Maine Shellfish on Water Street. The man was injured with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Lt. Harold Page, and was taken by ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. There was no immediate word on his conditions. Police recovered a .25 caliber automatic pistol at the scene. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY RICH HEWITT

ELLSWORTH — An Ellsworth man who was the object of a police search Tuesday was discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot wound along the banks of the Union River.

According to Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department, the man, whose identity was not released, was in his 30s and had been reported missing earlier in the day.

“We’d been looking for him for about two hours,” Page said. “We hadn’t found him so we asked the harbor master to check along the river.”

An assistant harbor master motored upriver from the city harbor and located the man lying on the riverbank behind the Mid-Maine Ventilation building off Water Street. Ellsworth police and firefighters responded quickly and found the man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The man was still alive, and the officers, using a rescue board, pulled him up the bank. The man was taken by ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. There was no immediate report on his condition.

Police recovered a .25 caliber automatic pistol at the scene.

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