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Pawcatuck Man Fatally Shoots Himself on White Rock Road

Police said the man crashed his car, then shot himself after an hourlong standoff as officers tried to get him to drop his gun.

A 52-year-old Pawcatuck man fatally shot himself Saturday night after crashing his vehicle on White Rock Road off Route 2 in Pawcatuck across the street from the LaQuinta Inn & Suites.

The man was not identified, pending notification of next-of-kin.

According to Stonington Police Capt. Jerry Desmond, the department received a call about an accident on White Rock Road at about 7:20 p.m. A witness told police that the man driving the vehicle, which appeared to be a gray compact truck, had discharged a firearm after the accident.

Patrol officers responded and found the man outside his truck with a handgun in his hand. According to Desmond, the man appeared intoxicated and wouldn't comply with officers' requests to put the weapon down.

Police continued to negotiate with the man as he got in and out of his car with the gun, and at about 8:50 p.m. shot himself while in the car. 

The man was brought via ambulance to The Westerly Hospital, where he was later died from the injuries.

During the standoff, Route 2 was cordoned off between the Route 78 Interchange and Elmridge Road, but traffic was moving again by about 9:30 p.m. The scene of the incident on White Rock Road was cordoned off late into the night as police processed the scene.

Stonington Police detectives are investigating the case, Desmond said. The Connecticut State Police Emergency Services Unit, Westerly Police and the Pawcatuck Fire Department also responded to the scene.

Gregg Mazel March 18, 2013 at 01:46 PM
That was a most unprofessional news video after a fatality.
Local March 18, 2013 at 09:51 PM
^ No conjecture needed here- please respect the dead- Paul was a kind, content individual who did suffer from some source of discontent or depression. I'll remember him as a friendly, engaging individual and a talented singer.
madeline hart March 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Micheal Weasel are you kidding me , Have you ever met the man. He was a hard working man from ma who has lived here for years. No Drugs No Drink Nothing so you should take down your comment. 100% wrong. I know the man! Your wrong. I would swear and call you names but two wrongs don't make it right.Because he was a friend and a brother and a son . Like I said maybe the accident had him days and confused. Take it down !
Patsy Crothers March 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Mchael,you're really a sick man,you need help.What gives you the idea that you can decided who is a good person and who isn't?Did he cause disturbances on Friday nights??Where's your compassion,oh you don't care abot the human race. There are all kinds of people and you're one I'd rather not eve meet.
Elissa Bass March 18, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Hi everyone, I am shutting off comments on this article and the other article about this incident. While it would be really nice to have a place for the community to post condolences, we have had an issue with some people just not knowing how to behave. I have deleted the inappropriate comments (including those with obscenities) and have suspended the users. I apologize to those who came here hoping to share thoughts of the deceased.

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