Wednesday, March 17, 2010
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COVINGTON -- The Covington Police Department and Covington/Newton County SWAT responded to a Forest Drive residence Tuesday evening where a man apparently shot and killed himself inside his ex-wife's home.
According to Lt. Wendell Wagstaff, Gary Darby, 46, a resident of Virginia, was found inside the residence shortly after police arrived.
Wagstaff said the police were called to the residence around 5:30 p.m. in reference to a burglary in progress.
"(The ex-wife) had said she left her residence about 8:30 on the 16th and when she returned around 5:30 p.m. she observed her ex-husband's vehicle backed up into the carport and the entry door to the residence was damaged," Wagstaff said.
The resident did not want to enter the house and called police, Wagstaff said. When police arrived on the scene, they tried to make contact with the ex-husband but were unsuccessful, Wagstaff said. He added that a suicide note was found inside the man's vehicle, and that's when SWAT was called in.
Wagstaff said it was determined that Darby was deceased before police arrived.