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A Yorktown man died by suicide Sunday after barricading himself inside his home, DeWitt Sheriff Carl Bowen said.

First responders tried to speak with the man for about five hours Sunday before he was found dead inside the home.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call about 1 p.m. reporting that the man was in distress and thinking about hurting himself, Bowen said.

Officers arrived at the man’s home on North West Street and found that he had barricaded himself inside, Bowen said. First responders tried to talk to the man but were unable to communicate with him. The man continued to speak with an acquaintance on the phone who was able to keep deputies informed, Bowen said. The man was alone inside the home.

“We tried a number of measures to try to reach him, but he would not talk to the deputies,” Bowen said.

The man’s acquaintance told police that the man had filled his home with gas, Bowen said. The gas company shut off gas to the house after deputies contacted them.

The Cuero Police Department’s emergency response team arrived to try and speak with the man, and they had a brief dialogue with him, Bowen said. Deputies heard what sounded like a gunshot about 10 minutes later, he said.

Deputies opened windows to ventilate the home and then went inside, where they found the man dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest about 5:30 p.m., Bowen said. The wound was believed to be self-inflicted.

“At this point we don’t have any reason to believe that anyone other than the deceased was involved in this,” Bowen said.

Bowen urged residents who are in the midst of a mental health crisis to seek help.

“Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem,” Bowen said. “Many people suffer from suicidal thoughts and depression, and if they do, they should seek help immediately. There’s always another avenue that they can take that doesn’t involve taking their own life.”

First responders with the Yorktown Fire Department and EMS, the Cuero and Yorktown police departments and the Texas Department of Public Safety were all on scene Sunday afternoon, along with Judge Blanca McBride, the Justice of the Peace for precinct 2.

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