Meriden police investigate possible self-inflicted gunshot wound

MERIDEN — Police are investigating after a man was found shot in the chest in an apartment early Wednesday morning.

Sgt. Darrin McKay, police spokesman, said police responded to 70 Hillcrest Ave. about 6:15 a.m. for an “unknown issue.” McKay said officers found a man who had been shot once in the chest inside the home.

“At this point and time, the Meriden police have reason to believe that this was a self-inflicted injury and the weapon used was a rifle,” McKay said.

McKay said the man called 911 himself after the shot was fired.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was taken to the hospital and was alive at the time of police arrival, but his injuries are considered life threatening, McKay said.

The man was described as being in his late 40s or 50s, but his age was not confirmed, McKay said. (203) 317-2225 Twitter: @LaurenSievertRJ

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