Man Apparently Kills Self Following Domestic Dispute

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A domestic disturbance in the village of Brownville ended in the death of of a man due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police say they are not releasing the names of those involved until the family is notified.

Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies say they were called to a Brownville residence around 2:30 a.m. Friday.

The female caller reported her estranged husband had entered the home armed with a shotgun.

She was able to flee after a brief struggle and reported hearing a single gunshot after leaving the house.

Officers from the sheriff's department and Watertown city police entered the home and found the man dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

When they arrived at the scene, police set up a command post at the "five corners" in Brownville.

They were focused on a house at 200 St. Lawrence Avenue West. The home there is owned by Brent A. and Kelly L. Biedekapp, according to county tax records. Neighbors said the couple lived in the house.

(As of Sunday afternoon, the sheriff's department had not officially released the name of the man who died. However, an obituary for Brent Biedekapp was issued Sunday. Read it here.)

Although no one was evacuated, neighbors tell 7 News they were awakened by police knocking at the door, telling them to get dressed and be ready to evacuate.

At one point, eight armed officers were seen advancing down St. Lawrence Avenue toward the home.

State police and a police negotiator were also on the scene.

Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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