Pitman SWAT incident ends, suicide suspected

Thursday, May 05, 2011
Police standoff across from school in Pitman, NJ

Police say a man is dead from an apparent suicide that prompted a SWAT standoff across the street from a school in Pitman, Gloucester County on Thursday morning.

SWAT was activated shortly after 6:00 a.m. when police received a call about the man, who had allegedly indicated that he wanted to harm himself.

A female companion of the man told police that she heard what she thought was a gunshot, prompting her to alert authorities.

Police arrived on scene and, not knowing if the man was still alive and armed, set up a perimeter and evacuated nearby homes.

Then, around 10:00 a.m., the SWAT team said it was able to confirm the man was dead. They say a weapon was on the floor near the man's body.

The man who was found dead was not identified.

Classes have been canceled for the day at nearby Pitman Middle School.

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