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October 4, 2013

Police: Man confronted by officer before suicide

MIDDLETON — Police released more details last night regarding the incident at CVS on Maple Street on Wednesday that ended with a Boxford man killing himself.

Police chief James DiGianvittorio said that an officer had been dispatched to the store after a report that a man had tried to pass a false prescription about 6 p.m. The officer confronted the man inside the store and ended up Tasering him — possibly twice — during an ensuing altercation.

The man then fled from the officer and ran out the store’s door to his vehicle just as another officer arrived, DiGianvittorio said.

“One officer was chasing after him; another officer was arriving at the time he got into his vehicle,” he said.

The man then shot and killed himself inside his vehicle with an undisclosed type of gun.

DiGianvittorio said that the department “had knowledge” of the man before Wednesday’s incident and that he was 49 years old.

Initial reports indicated that police had no contact with the man before his death.

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