The Norwalk man who committed suicide Monday morning at Jaycees Park called 9-1-1 before shooting himself with a handgun.
William I. Garman, 44, of 127 Benedict Ave., used his cell phone to make the call that got routed to the Huron County Sheriff's Office, Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen said.
"He called it in before he did it," the chief added.
Sheriff's dispatchers transferred Garman's call to Norwalk at 8:19 a.m. Officer Chris Hipp arrived at the Pleasant Street park three minutes later, with Officer Larry Noftz getting there seconds behind him.
Police found the victim on the ground with a firearm nearby.
Garman's wife told a detective there had been some financial strain, Cashen said. There was no further information on a possible motive for the man committing suicide.
There was no telephone listing that matched Garman's address.
Cashen explained the importance of notifying the public about the suicide.
"Normally we don't discuss suicides. However, this occurred in a public park in a school zone when students were arriving for school," the chief said. "I believe it was important to inform the public that it was a suicide and that our school environment was secure and safe."
Pleasant Elementary School, which is adjacent to Jaycees Park, was locked down for about 30 minutes as a precautionary measure, so that officials could determine the students weren't in any danger.
Cashen said Garman's suicide was the only public one he could recall in his time with the police force.
"Most of them are in private residences," he added.