, 2015

Authorities respond
to apparent suicide

LANCASTER—Sheriff’s deputies, state police and Emergency Medical Services responded at about 6:20 p.m. Thursday, May 22, to a shooting in the 100 block of Thomas Landing Road after a distraught woman reported that her son shot himself in the head, reported Capt. M.R. Shirilla of the Lancaster sheriff’s office.

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Deputies ensured the scene was safe before rescue personnel could attend to the victim, said Capt. Shirilla. A lay speaker from a local church was contacted and responded to assist the mother and other family members.

The name and age of the victim is not being released pending the notification of all family members, he said.

The preliminary findings are that this was an intentional act, said Capt. Shirilla. The body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Richmond for a post-mortem examination, with the final report expected in about six weeks.

According to the dispatch log, the cellular E911 call was first received by the Middlesex sheriff’s office, which promptly determined that the incident happened in Lancaster and rerouted the call.

“Cellular calls for emergencies are routed to the cell tower that has the strongest signal, then to that Public Safety Answering Point,” said Capt. Shirilla. “Unless you know how the system works, it does seem strange that a cell call from the Lively area would be received first in Middlesex. That’s why it’s important to be able to tell the dispatcher the street name and general area where you are actually calling from.”

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