SALEM — State police assigned to the Essex District Attorney’s Office and Salem detectives are investigating the death of an 81-year-old resident of the Grosvenor Park Health Center in Vinnin Square after he reportedly used a handgun to shoot and kill himself on Friday night, according to Salem police Capt. Conrad Prosniewski and Essex District Attorney spokeswoman Carrie Kimball Monahan.

Kimball Monahan said the district attorney’s office has identified the person, but is not releasing the identity to the public. No foul play is suspected. 

The firearm was registered to the deceased, Kimball Monahan said. Police are not treating the incident as a criminal act and no one will face charges. It is customary for state police to become involved in death investigations and work with local detectives, she said.

At 10:17 p.m. Friday, Salem police were called to the facility, which provides long-term nursing care and other services, for a report a party had shot himself.

Officers spoke with the nursing supervisor who had heard what sounded like a shot, and found a person sitting in a chair with a gun in his hand, police said. The supervising nurse found the man had died.

“It appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Prosniewski said.

State police and Salem detectives were looking into how the gun came to be in the nursing home — whether the resident brought the weapon with him, or if someone brought it in for him.

“We do not know how it came to be in his possession,” Kimball Monahan said.

Kimball Monahan said she does not know what policy the facility might have regarding firearms on its property.

“You would have to ask them,” she said.

Two calls and an email seeking comment from Grosvenor Park’s executive director were not returned as of press time.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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