Man shoots himself after showing up at girlfriend’s workplace

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Wilmington police on the scene of a suicide call outside a local boat dock. Photo courtesy of WPD.
Wilmington police on the scene of a suicide call outside a local boat dock. Photo courtesy of WPD.

A 45-year-old man who shot himself in the woods off River Road Tuesday is being treated at a local hospital for life-threatening injuries.

Wilmington police received a call at 3:34 p.m. Tuesday from a person at Wilmington Marine Center, 3410 River Road, about a suicidal subject threatening to harm himself, WPD Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay said. The man reportedly had gone to his girlfriend’s workplace and stood outside with a gun.

The man did not enter the business and had no direct contact with anyone, Lindsay said, and he didn’t threaten to harm anyone but himself. Responding officers found the man in nearby woods and formed a perimeter around the area. Lindsay said about 10 patrol cars were in the area as officers negotiated with the subject.

Police blocked off traffic on River road from Raleigh Street to Operation Center Drive for more than an hour Tuesday as they negotiated with the man, Lindsay said.

After the man shot himself, police rendered aid and paramedics transported him to New Hanover Regional Medical Center to be treated for life-threatening injuries, Lindsay said. As of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Lindsay said the man was receiving treatment at the hospital.