Man kills self in car outside police station

Huron County resident was under investigation for an alleged sex offense involving a 6-year-old
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Mar 11, 2013

At about 1:50 p.m. Monday, Gary L. Francis, 59, of New Haven, apparently shot and killed himself in his vehicle in the parking lot of the Milan Police Department.

Francis was under investigation for an alleged sex offense involving a 6-year-old child, Milan Police Chief James Rose said. Francis had been asked to come to the station and provide a statement.

Francis parked his car in the parking lot, but did not come into the station.

Rose went out to the car to ask Francis to come in and discovered his body in the front seat of his running car.

An investigation is being conducted by the Milan Police Department and the Erie County Coroner’s Office.

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swiss family

AMEN

rickross2

I try not to be hateful on here. I always try to bring some comedic relief to the usual hate garbage that is spewed on here. Unless its about Barry. I always bash on Barry :-)........As far as this story goes, people that are saying that alot of unanswered questions remain are spot on. Any assumption of guilt is just that. An ussumption. Nobody really knows why he did it. But he did, so let it go. If he is guilty, his judgement will come from above, not this comment section.

OHIOHOOSIER76

Amen

Simple Enough II

Yep

richardross

Good comment Rick. O look at my name ;-)........Gotcha!

rickross2

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

beagleboy

@ OHIOHOOSIER76... Suicide not always an act of guilt but rather a feeling that someone gets when they have lost all hope. Anyone who has ever lost a friend or a relative to suicide is left with questions that will never have an answer.
You are so right!!! I couldn't have said this any better. Bravo to YOU!

indolent indiff...

I disagree with the comment that it was selfish. I believe it was an act of bravery to pull the trigger. He saved the family the comments from all the idiots and the reflector posting his picture. It doenst mean he was guilty, maybe he had no confidence in the system? no confidence in the judges that hear this kind of offense and automatically think PUNISH!

Sitting In The ...

An act of bravery ? yes because only the brave commit suicide come on

swiss family

I totally agree...

Sitting In The ...

I thought the comment section was for sharing our opinion on the story, evidently I missed the.part where everyone must approve it.

OHIOHOOSIER76

If this is directed at me because I said that the hate mongering on the comment section is quite bothersome, so be it. I didn't make the comment hoping for people to agree with me. It is my opinion and isn't that what the comment section is for, sharing our opinions.

It does not only happen on this story but almost every story on both, the Reflector and the Register. Opinions are one thing, but when they cross over and become threats (.. to finish this face to face instead of behind a computer screen ..) and insults, we enter into a situation where there are issues, BUT that is my opinion.

Contango

IMO, these comment sections are like the modern electronic equivalent of the public stockade.

People bring rotten fruits and vegetables to throw at the "accused" and sometimes "food fights" develop between the throwers.

IMO, just try to avoid the flung "vegetable or fecal matter" as best as you can. :)

Boss Hogg

I couldn't agree with you more Hoosier

saxkris

Suicide leaves those left behind - with many unanswered questions. Prayers of comfort for his family.

CATHYALBIETZ

GARY FRANCIS WAS MY UNCLE. HE HAS 5 CHILDREN AND SEVERAL GRANDCHILDREN. HE HAS A FAMILY THAT LOVES HIM AS DID THE FAMILY OF THE SIX YEAR OLD(MY HEART GOES OUT TO THEM) CANT YOU PEOPLE RESPECT THE FACT THAT HE IS GONE AND HIS FAMILY IS LEFT TO PICK UP THE PIECES PLEASE BEFORE YOU SPEAK YOUR MIND TRY TO PLACE YOURSELF IN THE SHOES OF HIS CHILDREN AND FAMILY. THEY ARE GOING THROUGH ENOUGH TRYING TO DEAL WITH THE TRADGEDY AND UNANSWERED QUESTIONS THEY DONT NEED TO SEE ALL OF THE NEGATIVE AND CREUL COMMENTS PLEASE

TheGreatYoda

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beagleboy

@TheGreatYoda..... you sound like a real winner. How cruel can you be? How would you feel if a sibling of yours took their life? Would you still be calling them cowards? I seriously doubt it!

TheGreatYoda

@Beaglebitch

I've lost a few friends and a family member to this selfish act.. And yes they were cowrards for what they did... So keep your pie hole shut, i've been through it all..

beagleboy

Beaglebitch???? just goes to show what a jerk you are... You've been through it all? boo hoo hoo... I will say what I want to say, if you don't like, too bad

TheGreatYoda

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Profane, obscene, sexual or derogatory language.

beagleboy

if you could care less, why comment? Idiot? better than being an ah!

OHIOHOOSIER76

Cathy,

I do not know you, your family, or anyone involved, but I pray for your family as well as the alleged victim in this case as none of us will ever know the truth behind what has happened. My suggestion would be not to read in the comment section of this paper as you will open yourself up to heartache caused by ignorance from ignorant people.

For instance, the first comment that someone writes in your direction after you have asked them not to was referring to your uncle as a coward again without knowing anything. That to me is ignorance.

Take care.

Sitting In The ...

Here an idea close your browser and please stop with the caps!!!! I do feel sorry for your family and the alleged victims family as well. I'm not trying to be cruel or disrespectful but can we at least agree it doesn't look good? There was no mention of depression or mental health issues and since we're not getting anymore information there not much left to work with.

TheGreatYoda

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

Lillie Chaos

QUESTION..if enough people labeled the unkind comments as inappropriate would the NR pull them and maybe spare someone the pain?

OHIOHOOSIER76

good point....

I've done my part

Lillie Chaos

Am pushing the button......please join me. No more undeserved heartache please.

CATHYALBIETZ

HE WILL ALWAYS BE MY UNCLE AS WELL AS YOU WILL BE AN JERK ALLS I AM ASKING IS FOR PEOPLE TO KEEP THEIR CRUEL COMMENTS TO THEMSELVES AND LET THE BOTH FAMILIES GRIEVE

TheGreatYoda

If he was innocent he would not have done what he had. He took the easy way out.. Im not saying its a 100% admission of guilt but its PRETTY DAMN CLOSE! Why else would someone do something like that if they were innocent? Don't you think that he would have wanted to prove his innocence There is no place in this world for people that touch children.. Im not a JERK .. IM A REALIST!

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