Chief: Norwalk man shoots himself in Jaycees Park

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.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

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.

Comments

fiddleback (Ano...

He and his family have my sympathies, but he could of at least killed himself somewhere else (like the reservoir for example). The simple fact that he chose that location hints at his poor mental state. He probably didn't want to do it where his family members would have to clean it up.

Did he want it to be so public? Did he even consider the idea that kids on thier way to school might spot his corpse? I'm glad he'd had enough remaining presence of mind to call it in; but most the kids at Pleasant Street on May 7th, 2007 will probably remember it for a long time... if not forever.

Demonfire (Anon...

That may be true see the thing is, is that i dont live anywhere in norwalk so i dont know what is where so you have to give me a break and yes you do have to Consider the children but if the school administrators saw the man holding the gun wouldn't you think that you would try to save the life of the students and the person holding the weapon. did you think about that?

wizardess (Anon...

It is sad when a person becomes so depressed that they would take their own precious life. My heart goes out to his wife and family. Unfortunately, occurences like this are merely a symptom of an unhealthy society. What can we do to fix it?

Lucy (Anonymous)

Sorry Demonfire, but the safety of our city's children WAS the most important thing in this case. Can you imagine being a young kid and having to walk by and see something like that? And what if it was YOUR child???? Obviously only a disturbed individual would do that.

Demonfire (Anon...

Who ever wrote the May 7th 6:34PM message
Yes the schools did a good job with the police but it is more important that the family member(s) is more important that they have my sincere apologies for there tragedy. May God Bless them from this day forward. but it is also improtant that the kids are safe and out of harms way.

bla cool (Anonymous)

This is sad but disturbing. If i was one of the children I would be scarred for life. This guy is stupid and a lunatic!!!

Anonymous (Anon...

Tragic story - tragic ending. Nice work by the Norwalk City Schools to make sure someone was there for the students to talk to. What a horrible thing to have to see or hear, but the quick thinking of the Norwalk officials to make sure everyone was safe, then to make sure anyone affected had an ear to talk to was great. Kudos to Norwalk City Schools for acting responsibly and swiftly.

Kris (Anonymous)

Who are you to judge someone Bla Cool? You didn't know him or what was going on in his life to say those things about him. Many factors lead up to someone deciding this is the only option they have left to solve their problems. It's a very sad and tragic thing that happened and, yes, the children that were at school that day may remember it for a while, but they will move on and their memory of it will fade. Think about his wife, children and family that will have to deal with this the rest of their lives.