Police: Man starts fire, shoots himself in front of officers

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A man reportedly set off an explosion in a home that sparked a fire then shot himself in front of responding officers Tuesday morning.

It was around 10:07 a.m. when Fort Wayne Police were called to a home in the 4400 block of Warsaw Street, near Senate Avenue, on a report of a suicidal subject.

There, officers tried to get a man to come out of the home. They initially made contact with the subject via a loud speaker.. A short time later, there was an explosion in the home and the fire began.

At that point, the man came out of the home with a gun to his head, police said. Officers tried to get man to put the gun down, letting him know they were there to help. The suspect ultimately shot himself, police said.

Officers pulled the man to safety and emergency medical personnel began to treat him at the scene, the report says.

He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, police said.

Firefighters put the fire out in about 15 minutes.

Fire department spokesman Adam O’Connor initially told WANE 15 that a police officer in the area noticed the fire and called it in, and a person was pulled out of the home by medics before firefighters arrived.

Nobody else was inside the home at the time. The home was left heavily damaged.

“The Fort Wayne Police Department would like to encourage anyone who is having mental health issues or contemplating suicide to please call the 911.  If we can’t help you, we will guide you to resources in our community that can,” the report says.

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