Deputies unable to stop suicide

Posted: June 22, 2013

The Winchester Star

SHAWNEELAND — Frederick County deputies tried to save a local resident Thursday after receiving a report that she was suicidal.

However, the 48-year-old woman was found dead in a residence from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to Capt. Allen Sibert, deputies were called to 311 Bear Trail around 3:50 p.m. Thursday after a report of a potential suicide.

When they arrived, they heard gunshots in the residence.

The officers then talked by cellphone to the woman, who was alone in the house, according to a Friday media release.

They conversed briefly and she ended the call.

Several attempts to re-establish a connection were made, but they were unsuccessful, according to the release.

A short time later, members of the county Emergency Response Team entered the residence and found the woman dead.

The Emergency Response and Crisis Negotiation teams responded to the scene, along with the North Mountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company and county Emergency Services.

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