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One Dead After Reporting Home Invasion in Ledyard and Shoots Himself

This article was published on: 05/26/20 1:15 PM by Mike Minarsky

On May 25, 2020 at 10:52 PM, Ledyard Police were dispatched to 40 Chapman Lane for a reported shooting and possible home invastion. The caller reported that there was a man down with a sucking chest wound and said that he had shot the intruder dead. The caller said he was the one who had suffered the chest wound.

A “sucking chest wound” is a hole in the chest (sometimes from a gunshot wound) that makes a new pathway for air to travel into the chest cavity. When the chest cavity is expanded in order to inhale, air not only goes into the mouth and nose, it also goes into the hole.

When Ledyard Police arrived, they entered the home and encountered the caller who was sitting in a recliner chair in the living room. The man was armed with a rifle and had the weapon pointed at his face. Officers tried to have the man put the rifle down but were unsuccessful. The man shot himself and died as a result.

Gales Ferry Fire Department, American Ambulance, and Groton Town Police were all on the scene.

The State’s Attorney’s office from New London responded to the scene to assume command of the investigation. The investigation going forward is being conducted by the Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime Squad.

Names of the people involved have yet to be released.

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