Pitman SWAT incident ends, suicide suspected

May 5, 2011 9:55:30 AM PDT
Police say a man is dead from an apparent suicide that prompted a SWAT standoff across the street from a school in Pitman, Gloucester County on Thursday morning.

SWAT was activated shortly after 6:00 a.m. when police received a call about the man, who had allegedly indicated that he wanted to harm himself.

A female companion of the man told police that she heard what she thought was a gunshot, prompting her to alert authorities.

Police arrived on scene and, not knowing if the man was still alive and armed, set up a perimeter and evacuated nearby homes.

Then, around 10:00 a.m., the SWAT team said it was able to confirm the man was dead. They say a weapon was on the floor near the man's body.

The man who was found dead was not identified.

Classes have been canceled for the day at nearby Pitman Middle School.