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Man found dead in Durham home

Posted February 21, 2012

— Police evacuated a Durham neighborhood Tuesday morning as officers responded to a man threatening suicide.

Officers blocked off the 100 blocks of West Lynch Street and West Seeman Street and tried to communicate with the man inside a Lynch Street home. Police also used a robot to help assess the situation.

Members of the Selective Enforcement Team went into the house around noon and found the man dead inside, police said.


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  • not my real name Feb 24, 2012

    This is heartbreaking. He was a wonderful gentle person and will be greatly missed. How in the world will I explain this to my son? We were just talking about him this morning and getting together this weekend.

  • gr8ballsofglitter Feb 22, 2012

    For all of you that have something bad to say, go say it somewhere else. I knew this man and he was a wonderful person! It is heartbreaking what has happened. My heart goes out to his family, mainly his children.

  • pdolan6 Feb 22, 2012

    I feel sorry for this person, because if they don't follow thru the cops will.It seems most every time there is a person " threatening " suicide the cops end up helping them along.
    February 21, 2012 12:33 p.m.
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    You have taken the term ignorance to a whole new level.....wow.

  • OSX Feb 22, 2012

    The Dude..."Never understood the logic of sending folks with guns to a suicide call..."

    That would be suicide to the person with no gun, don't ya think? You wouldn't do it, so why do you think the cops should?

  • pdolan6 Feb 22, 2012

    Five bucks says this will involve the morgue and some desk duty.

    Never understood the logic of sending folks with guns to a suicide call...
    TheDude abides...
    February 21, 2012 11:50 a.m.
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    It is scary that someone who makes these kinds of comments is eligible for jury duty. I'd be five dollars richer if I made the bet with you. Generally speaking, police go to a suicide call because 911 was called and that's the way the FCC and the government decided to handle a crisis with the public. Sometimes there are weapons involved with suicides. Police go to training to learn from folks who are trained to teach "critical incident training" for situations like these, negotiators. What would an unarmed negotiator say that a LEO person wouldn't? They get trained by the same experts regarding this issue of the mentally ill or the depressed or whatever. EMT workers ask for LEO assistance to help secure the scene, there are protocols to adhere to. Who would you rather call this du

  • ladyofthehouse Feb 22, 2012

    I always hate to hear that someone has died or that someone thought living was worse than dying. But I want to commend the law officers and first responders, most of us have no idea what they face every day. I have seen some harsh comments here today towards the decedent and the police. Why, we don't even know them? The story doesn't give all the information and we weren't there. Our officers and EMS do an incredible job in a time where little seems to be appreciated but they continue to work to keep us all safe. Thanks to all those who work to keep us safe in Durham and elsewhere. They can only do so much but it would be a lot easier for them if we cooperated and didn't put them down every chance we got.

  • burtonbrdr00 Feb 22, 2012

    too many of you down Law Enforcement...but yet what do you do when you need Emergency assistance...this society we live in has some awful individuals living in it

  • Chemist18 Feb 21, 2012

    The shear lack of common sense and compassion expressed is scary.

    Perhaps those that feel emergency services shouldn't be involved should start a registry. When you call 911 to report you need help, the dispatcher will check that registry, if your name is on it, he/she will refer you to a skilled crime scene cleanup company. Then move on to the next call which might be made by someone that wants and deserves help.

  • sunshine1040 Feb 21, 2012

    The article does not tell us who made the call was the man even alive when police arrived guess we have to wait until a reporter shows up to know anything except neighbors were forced out of their homes

  • barkingnarc Feb 21, 2012

    wow, some of these comments are unreal. Next time there is a man with a gun, call durham pd and tell them you will handle it, since you are some type of expert. then us cops will come pick your body up,.we can never win with you. You have no idea whats going on. you people need need 10 days without law enforcement. then after you are beaten, robbed or worse, maybe you will show alittle respect, probably not right??? its eiser to sit back and complain. we are the first you call because your kid is out of control or to solve your marriage problems, or to come save you when the wolf knocks at the door, because there are 2 types of people in the world, people meant to be the police and people meant to call the police