Below is a statement released by Major Brian P. Peters, Portsmouth Deputy Chief of Police:
“On Oct. 13, at 1:15 pm, Portsmouth Police responded to a Union Street residence after receiving a call from a relative of a 56-year-old Union Street resident, reporting thevresident as being despondent. Upon arrival, officers of the Portsmouth Police encountered the 56-year-old female alone in the bathroom of the residence with a gun pointed to her head and two additional firearms beside her.
“Officers attempted negotiations with the female to drop her weapon and she would not comply. Officers exited the home and began negotiations over the phone with the female.
“Portsmouth police were assisted at the scene by negotiators of the Newport Police and the Rhode Island State Police. Negotiations continued throughout the afternoon and evening with the female to have her exit the home. The area was contained and isolated and a
handful of homes were evacuated as a precaution. Union Street was closed to traffic between Jepson Lane and Botanica (711 Union St.).
“At 3:15 p.m., after calls made by the negotiators were not being answered, a Rhode Island State police tactical response unit entered the residence and discovered that the female had died from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“We appreciate the media’s patience and understanding of the sensitive nature of this incident.”