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Chief: Norwalk man shoots himself in Jaycees Park

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:55 PM

Authorities said a 44-year-old Benedict Avenue man apparently committed suicide by shooting himself with a handgun this morning at Jaycees Park on Pleasant Street.

Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen said the community should be assured that even though the incident happened when children were heading to school, the students "were in no danger at any point." He continued, saying Pleasant Elementary School officials responded appropriately by locking down the school temporarily.

"There was communication immediately between the school and the police department," Cashen said.

Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Wayne Babcanec said Pleasant closed for about 30 minutes as a precautionary measure, so that officials could determine the students weren't in any danger.

"We have counselors (there) to monitor the situation," he said.

Officers were at the park at 8:22 a.m., three minutes after police had a 9-1-1 call transferred from the Huron County Sheriff's Office. Police found the man on the ground with a firearm nearby, Cashen said.

"All indications led detectives to believe it was a suicide," the chief said, estimating that the man had died within "a matter of minutes" before the officers' response.

The victim's name is not being released because his relatives hadn't been notified as of press time. The incident remains under investigation.

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