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SWAT call ends in suicide

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

BUFORD -- A domestic clash escalated to a SWAT call and ultimately the suicide of a Buford man Monday morning, officials said.

Gwinnett police responded at 12:18 a.m. to an aggravated domestic disturbance call in the 2300 block of Valley Mill Court, located off Morgan Road in Buford. An argument between a husband and wife, both in their late 40s, had escalated when she threatened to leave, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter.

No one involved was identified Monday.

"He refused to allow her to leave, and he retrieved a long gun and threatened to commit suicide if she called the police," Ritter said.

The woman managed to flee the home with their teenage daughter and call police. Officers attempted but failed to make contact with the husband and called in the department's SWAT team, Ritter said.

When contact with the man was lost, SWAT officers deployed gas into the home, and then sent in a remote-operated robot.

"The robot located the husband in the second story of the residence, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," Ritter said.

The wife and daughter were not injured. No one else was home.

Police are withholding the deceased man's name because the incident was domestic with no arrests.