GOULDSBORO — A man got out of his vehicle and shot himself around 10:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve after a local police officer had approached him to ask what he was doing in the otherwise empty parking lot at the Knights of Pythias Hall on Route 1.
No event had been held there earlier, nor was anyone in the fraternal lodge’s hall at the time. No one else was in the deceased person’s vehicle at the time of the incident.
Gouldsboro Police Chief John Shively said the Gouldsboro police officer was on a routine patrol and pulled into the lodge’s lot after spotting the lone, occupied vehicle parked there. He said the investigating officer approached the vehicle and saw that the driver was holding a gun. The driver climbed out of the vehicle with the handgun. A verbal exchange ensued and the driver proceeded to shoot himself. The officer was uninjured.
Shively said the incident is being investigated further by Maine State Trooper Gavin Endre. Winter Harbor Police and Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies assisted at the scene.
If you or a family member are in crisis, please know that help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741 or the Maine crisis hotline at 1-888-568-1112.