01/27/2007

Cape Cod: Man with gun asked police to shoot him

By Boston Globe Staff

YARMOUTH, Mass. --

Yarmouth police faced some tense moments overnight on Cape Cod when they said a suicidal man with a gun asked officers to shoot him.

Police responded to a call at about 11:35 p.m. from a 41-year-old man who claimed he was armed and wanted to be shot, according to a press release.

A patrol officer found the man in the parking lot of the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce. Police converged on the man and safely took him into custody.

Police said the man admitted that he was the caller and told officers where he had dropped his weapon. A search of the area uncovered a black Beretta 92F air pistol, police said.

Officers determined that the man was intoxicated and despondent. He had written a four-page suicide note in which he described his problems and apologized to the police officer who he believed was going to shoot him.

The West Yarmouth man was taken by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis for a mental health evaluation.

 

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