RACINE — Local law enforcement reacted swiftly Tuesday evening when a man called Racine County dispatch saying he had a gun and threatened to shoot himself — a threat he later apparently carried out.
At 8:52 p.m. dispatch received a call from a suicidal man who said he would shoot himself when squad cars arrived, according to Sgt. Chuck Gehrand. Officers responded and located the vehicle parked at Pritchard Park, near Durand and Roosevelt avenues. Shortly thereafter, they heard a gunshot and one officer witnessed a muzzle flash.
The person in the vehicle was a white, 43-year-old male, Gehrand said, but further identification is being withheld pending notification of the family. The investigation into the suicide is ongoing, Gehrand said.
As they attempted to locate the vehicle and approach it, Racine police, Racine County sheriff’s deputies and Mount Pleasant police closed off the entrance to the park and to the nearby Target store, 4300 Durand Ave.
Racine County Medical Examiner Michael Payne said a deputy from his office was sent to the park at 10:20 p.m. to investigate a possible suicide, and he was waiting to hear back from that deputy as of 11 p.m.
The Journal Times will update this story as more information becomes available.