Bethel Police say a man has died by suicide. Danbury Police were searching for a missing person Friday morning whom they believed to possibly be suicidal. The man was tracked to the area of Pawloski Lumber in Bethel.
In a news release, Bethel police said Danbury officers located the missing person in the rear of the lumber yard and found him to be armed with a 30/30 lever action rifle. Officers urged the man to drop his weapon, but he di not comply and shot himself. The man died on the scene of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Bethel police say the victim’s name is not being released at this time. But News 12 Connecticut has identified the man dog trainer Eddie Simon, locally known as “Eddie the Dog Guy.” Simon was charged by Danbury Police on Thursday with 15 counts of animal cruelty. The dogs under his care when police served the arrest warrant were turned over to the Animal Control unit.
In that case, Danbury Police said investigators came across the poorly cared for dogs when animal control officers accompanied a member of the city’s Unified Neighborhood Task Force Team on a blight investigation at Simon's property.