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Firefighter Kills Self At UConn Avery Point Campus

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(credit: bookstore.uconn.edu)

(credit: bookstore.uconn.edu)

GROTON, Conn. (AP) _ Authorities say a Groton firefighter was the man who killed himself after forcing authorities to close the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus.

Troopers say 30-year-old Timothy Devine shot himself near the docks on the shoreline campus in Groton just before dawn Tuesday. Poquonock Bridge Fire Chief Todd Paige says the department is deeply saddened by the sudden loss.

State police Lt. J. Paul Vance says the incident began at about 5 p.m. Monday when Groton police began looking for a local man who was armed and despondent. His car was found at about 10 p.m. at Avery Point, prompting police to close the campus.

The school sent out an electronic alert message, asking that the campus be evacuated.

The medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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