Barrington and Westport police help save a life

Barrington and Westport police help save a life


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Quick thinking by two Barrington police officers, and assistance from Westport police, averted an apparent suicide attempt by a Barrington man who threatened to kill himself.

At 2:43 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, police received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a Barrington man told an acquaintance he was going to the beach to kill himself.

Patrolman Joshua Melo and Sgt. Gino Caputo responded to the man’s residence, but no one was home. Knowing that the acquaintance had been in contact with the man via cell phone, the officers immediately contacted Verizon, which gained access to the man’s account and provided GPS coordinates that indicated the phone was located at Cherry and Webb beach in Westport, Mass.

The officers contacted Westport police, who responded to the beach and found the 45-year-old.

Barrington Police Chief John LaCross credited his officers, as well as those in Westport, with “good police work” in locating the man and saving his life.

The man was transported to the hospital for an apparent overdose.