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Police serving protective order enter home, find man dead

September 28, 2007|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

A man shot and killed himself Thursday night as police officers arrived at his Oak Street house to serve a protective order on him, Hagerstown Police said.

However, for several hours, it was unclear what had happened. Police repeatedly tried to contact the man, unaware that the gunshot from inside was the man killing himself, Sgt. Paul Kifer said.

This morning, police would not say who the man was.

The shooting occurred at 905 Oak St., off Wilson Boulevard in the city's South End.

Police said in a press release that officers "were greeted by a single gunshot from inside the residence" when they knocked on his door at about 10:20 p.m.

The officers, who were not hurt, "pulled back and took cover," the press release says.

The Washington County Special Response Team was called in to help.

Kifer said police tried to reach the man on his home phone and on his cell phone and by using a bullhorn.

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At about 2:15 a.m., police still didn't know that the man was dead, but decided to try to get in the house, Kifer said.

The Special Response Team went in. The man's body was found inside, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

No one else was home, Kifer said.

He said the man was in his early 40s. He said police will not release the man's identity "out of respect to the family."

Police officers went to the house Thursday night to serve a protective order against the man, Kifer said, but he didn't know who had applied for the order.

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