Police identify Lewiston man who committed suicide in cemetery

Posted Feb. 21, 2012, at 8:34 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 27, 2012, at 5:54 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — A 24-year-old man who held police at bay in an armed standoff before killing himself at St. Peter’s Cemetery was identified last week.

Police said the man was Shane Wright of 763 Lisbon St. He shot himself in the head on Feb. 18 as he sat in his vehicle. The suicide happened in the evening.

Wright’s mother was at the cemetery director’s office with police officers during the standoff, police said. She knew her son was distraught. She contacted police Saturday morning, worried that he would harm himself.

Police said they tried negotiating with him as he sat in his vehicle and were on the phone with him when he shot himself.

During the day, the cemetery at 217 Switzerland Road was shut down as Lewiston police and Maine State Police negotiated with Wright. About 30 police officers were involved.

The man never threatened to harm anyone but himself, police said.

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