Police identify man who killed himself after 4.5-hour standoff in Keene
KEENE -- A man shot himself to death during a 4.5-hour stand-off with police Tuesday night on Ivy Drive.
Officers tried to arrest Matthew Snow, 34, of Keene on an electronic bench warrant for receiving stolen property and for a parole violation about 6 p.m. but he ran from then and through a parking lot where police said he pulled out a handgun and held it against his own body.
That began the stand-off near an apartment complex on Ivy Drive. Nearby residences were evacuated and the state police SWAT team was called to the scene. Other officers arrived from Swanzey, Marlboro and the Cheshire County Sheriff's Office to assist Keene police.
About 10:30 p.m., police said Snow shot himself once in the chest. He immediately was taken to Cheshire Medical Center where he died.
An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the cause of death.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Det. Joel Chidester at 603-357-9813.
Earlier story continues below:
A police dispatcher refused to release any details about the situation. Trevor Gross, manager of the Wendy's restaurant on Winchester Street, said at 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday that a large number of officers were in the area behind Winchester Street and near Ivy Road "for about the last four hours."
"All I heard was that it was some guy who had a gun to his head," Gross said. "The SWAT team, police, guns, all that (is here)."
Gross said the restaurant, which ordinarily stays open until 2 a.m., would be closing by 10 p.m. Tuesday because of the incident.