The Bangor Police Department was forced to issue a statement on an incident that took place near the Bangor V.A. Clinic Wednesday morning.

They initially received a report of the discharge of a weapon at around 7:30 AM.

According to Sgt Jason McAmbley of the Bangor Police Department:

"When officers arrived, they found a 69-year-old male in his vehicle with an intentional self-inflicted gunshot wound. Bangor Fire Rescue personnel transported the male to a local hospital. Despite rescue and hospital personnel’s best efforts, the male succumbed to his wound."

Bangor Police Presence, Chris Popper
Bangor Police Presence, Chris Popper

McAmbley went on to say that while BPD is not in the habit of issuing statements on suicides, it was brought to their attention that statements, falsely attributed to the department were being tossed around, which required an explanation.

"While we would rather not issue a statement regarding a person’s decision to take their own life, it seemed to become necessary after we were made aware of false reports, reports credited to the Bangor Police Department, stating we responded to a murder-suicide at the address. This was not true."

He went on to thank those who brought the rumors to the Department's attention.

You can always leave an anonymous tip with the Bangor Police Department by calling their Anonymous Tip Line at (207) 947-7382 ext. 6.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call 988 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. For more information, visit

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