UConn Gunman Commits Suicide After Night Long Standoff


| July 24, 2012 - 1:07 pm

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — A gunman who forced authorities close the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus committed suicide Tuesday morning after spending the night in a standoff with police.

The man, whose name was not immediately released, shot himself near some docks on the shoreline campus just before dawn, said Lt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman.

The incident began at about 5 p.m. Monday when Groton police began looking for local man who was armed and despondent, Vance said. The man’s car was found at about 10 p.m. at Avery Point, prompting police to close the campus.

There were about 50 high school students on the campus at the time, attending an oceanography camp, and they were kept overnight inside a campus building under police guard, Vance said.

None of the students were ever in danger, said University spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz.

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