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Police Identify Man Who Committed Suicide During Stand-off

52-year-old Paul M. Menard of 16 Palmer St., Pawcatuck, shot himself Saturday night after crashing his truck on White Rock Road.

Stonington Police on Sunday identified the man who shot himself during a stand-off Saturday night as 52-year-old Paul M. Menard of 16 Palmer St., Pawcatuck.

Lt. Todd Olson said there was no other new information on the incident.

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. Saturday. 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 pronounced dead.

Andrea Flynn March 17, 2013 at 06:29 PM
May you find the peace you couldn't find here Paul.
Patsy Crothers March 17, 2013 at 08:53 PM
I hope so,too!
Brad smith March 18, 2013 at 02:38 AM
I don't know why he would do this. I have known Paul since 1970, from Williamstown, Mass. Paul was not a criminal or trouble maker. He had a good job and a Sense of humor. I don't get it. I just talked to him Saturday afternoon around 4:00pm, and the discussion was a lighthearted talk about ham radios and longboarding. There was no indication for anything like this. I will miss my best friend.
madeline hart March 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM
I lived in the area and now live in Florida with my husband Ron Hart and I told him what happened and he said OMG that is my friend. I met Paul with Ron and I do not believe for one minute , Paul was any bit out of line ! I do believe Stonington Police have over done this. I Lived there and I Lived their throw you down and ask questions later. So Brad Smith Please I know your his friend , Investigate this incident of your friend. Maybe if he had an accident he was hurt and days and confused. Ron Hart Wife
Elissa Bass March 18, 2013 at 11:22 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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