ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ Enfield police say a state correctional officer killed himself at his home during a standoff with officers after fleeing a minor car accident.

Police say they found 54-year-old Denis Boucher dead from a gunshot wound in his Circle Drive home Wednesday evening.

Authorities say Boucher rear-ended a car on Shaker Road at about 4:45 p.m. and took off. His wife called 911 and fled the house after he arrived home and began loading a rifle.

Police SWAT teams surrounded the home shortly after 5 p.m. and urged neighbors to stay in their homes. Officers attempted to contact Boucher and used smoke bombs to try to get him to come out shortly before 7:30 p.m.

Police sent a robot in the home before entering themselves and finding Boucher dead.

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

  1. John barefoot says:

    Good he was a coward to kill himself

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