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Man shoots, kills himself after standoff in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — An armed and distraught man who had been involved in an hourslong standoff with police shot and killed himself Tuesday night, officials said.

Police were called to a home at 2130 Catalina Drive at about 3:20 p.m.

A man, identified at Matthew Plummer, 33, was inside the home and refused to come out. He made suicidal statements and threatened officers, Clearwater police said.

That led to a standoff, which prompted a lockdown of Oak Grove Middle School, which is about three blocks to the south at 1370 S Belcher Road. Officials later released the students, with the last leaving the school about 7:20 p.m.

At some point, negotiations between police and Plummer, who was intoxicated, stopped. The SWAT team went into the home just before 10:30 p.m. and found Plummer dead, police said.

Man shoots, kills himself after standoff in Clearwater 04/20/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 1:16pm]
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