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Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office investigating after man shoots, kills himself using deputy's gun

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Posted at 12:06 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 12:06:49-04

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a man shot and killed himself using a deputy’s gun Saturday afternoon, authoities said.

Around 2:40 p.m., deputies were called to the 2500 block of Shadyside Drive after receiving a call that an unwanted man was at a home in the area, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

The homeowner told deputies he found the man in the driveway with “an altered mental state.” The man asked the homeowner if there were any guns in the home and when he was told there weren’t any, he asked to use the bathroom.

The man then kicked out a bathroom window of the home and fled into the woods before authorities arrived, according to deputies.

Deputies were then informed over their radios that the man was heading toward Gore Road in his vehicle, in the direction of a deputy who was in the area.

The deputy responded to the call and reported that the man was trying to elude him.

Deputies said the man then exited his vehicle and was actively resisting as the responding deputy attempted to detain him.

At that time, an altercation ensued and deputies said the man reached for and was able to obtain the deputy’s holstered gun. The man ran to the other side of this parked vehicle and shot himself, according to deputies.

Saybrook Township Fire Department was called to the scene and paramedics pronounced the man dead upon their arrival, deputies said.

Detectives obtained video evidence of the incident, which remains under investigation.