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Body of Mountain View man found in garage

Police, SWAT and crisis negotiators unable to prevent death

A Mountain View man apparently shot and killed himself after police surrounded his home in the 2600 block of Diericx Drive in Mountain View on Saturday (Dec. 4), a police spokeswoman said.

Police, the special weapons and tactics team (SWAT) and crisis negotiators flooded the area surrounding the man's house Saturday morning, in response to a call from a woman who said that her husband had a loaded gun and was threatening to kill himself, said Liz Wylie, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

The incident, which was initially reported at 11:16 a.m., ended in the apparent suicide of the 61-year-old man, Wylie said.

The man's wife, 51, and her 21-year-old son called police as they were leaving the house Saturday morning, saying that the man was despondent, acting erratically and that they had seen him loading a revolver, Wylie said. Police determined that the man had multiple firearms registered in his name and therefore exercised extreme caution in attempting to contact him.

Police never made contact with him, however, although they tried to reach him by calling both his house phone and cell phone, according to Wylie. She said it was possible the man was dead before the first units arrived on the scene.

A special robot, outfitted with a camera, was sent into the home to look for the man, Wylie said. The video-equipped robot came upon the body of the man in the garage -- dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

Police believe that this was a suicide, Wylie said. However an investigation is being conducted.

Wylie said that the situation the man's wife and her son faced was a difficult one, but maintained that they had done the right thing.

"If somebody is threatening to kill themselves and loading a gun, the best thing to do is leave the house and call us," she said.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Our family is very sad. The gentleman and his family have always been wonderful neighbors, friendly and welcoming, and advocates of our neighborhood. My condolences to the whole family.


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