Lewiston police respond Monday afternoon to a report of an armed man at a Robinson Gardens home. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

LEWISTON — Police say a man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Monday afternoon after officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute.

Lt. David St. Pierre of the Lewiston Police Department said police responded at 11:42 a.m. to 12 Robinson Gardens for a report of a domestic conflict involving a man and a woman.

“It was reported that the male had a handgun and had threatened his partner, as well as threatened suicide,” St. Pierre said. “At one time, (he) placed the gun against his own head.”

One shot was reported, and the woman fled to a neighboring home, according to police.

Police closed the road, evacuated the neighborhood and called for a negotiator to try to contact the man, but he had fled into a wooded area behind Robinson Gardens.

St. Pierre said officers heard another gunshot in the woods behind Robinson Gardens. Police said they found the man with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A United Ambulance crew responded, but the man was dead, according to sources.

St. Pierre said the man’s identity would not be released until his family was notified.

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