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S.W.A.T. response in Dyer

The Northwest Indiana Regional SWAT team along with other local police departments responds to the scene of a person barricaded inside their apartment Monday in Dyer.

DYER — A man who was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a 911 call to police was identified Tuesday.

Stephen Presnall, 47, lived at the Dyer apartment where he was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Lake County coroner's office. His death was ruled a suicide.

Police said they responded about 11 a.m. Monday to the apartment in the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue after a 911 caller said he "shot himself in the head and was going to finish the job."

The Northwest Indiana Regional SWAT responded, and police evacuated residents from nearby apartments and shut down traffic on the block.

The SWAT team attempted to make contact with the 911 caller and eventually entered the apartment, where they found the occupant dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Safety procedures at Protsman Elementary School were followed during the SWAT response. The school is about a half mile away from the apartment, police said.

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