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CROWN POINT — An 18-year-old Crown Point man died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday after locking himself in a bedroom of his parents' apartment.

Crown Point police were called to the scene at the Mallard Bay apartments, 9310 Monroe St., about 2 p.m. after the man's mother reported seeing him take a large amount of a prescribed narcotic and locking himself in the bedroom with a handgun.

Police Chief Pete Land said the gun was kept in a safe, but the man managed to get at it. Officers talked to him on the phone, and, after he said he was not going to come out, the police set a perimeter to keep traffic and people away and called in the Northwest Regional SWAT team with its negotiator.

The man reportedly was communicating with his mother and texting with friends for awhile. Then all communication stopped, and the negotiator wasn't able to get any response to phone calls. After about an hour of no response, the decision was made to enter the apartment.

The man was found on the sofa with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was hurt.

The intersections on 93rd Avenue on either side of the entrance to Mallard Bay were blocked for about two hours, and Land said the Merrillville School District was advised to reroute buses from that area.

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Regional News Editor