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Police: Man shoots self after threatening ex-girlfriend

A cry for help ended with a death Friday night in Corinth.

A man in his late 40s died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after he threatened to harm himself and his former girlfriend, police said.

He showed up around 6 p.m. to collect his belongings from the garage of his former residence in the 1700 block of Villa Court, said Corinth police Lt. Carrie West.

West said the man and his former girlfriend exchanged words, and the man was believed to have pulled a gun.

“He said he was going to harm the both of them,” West said.

The identity and age of the woman had not been released Saturday afternoon.

Police said the woman called 911 from her bathroom, where she locked herself in to stay safe.

She stayed on the phone with 911 dispatchers for the entire time, police said.

A Denton County SWAT team and Hickory Creek police also responded.

Police said they were able help the woman escape through the bathroom window while SWAT officers set up around the perimeter to go in.

“Once they made entry to assess the situation, they discovered the body,” West said.

Officers on scene said they heard a “muffled gunshot” after the woman was rescued unharmed.

There was nobody else in the residence, and the man’s death points to a self-inflicted gunshot wound, West said. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the death.


Other reports

800 block of North Ruddell Street — Police said a 28-year-old Denton resident was threatened at a shop Friday night.

According to a police report, the man was at a food store on McKinney Street when he was threatened by another man with a crowbar sometime after 10:30 p.m. No injuries were listed on the report.

2900 block of State School Road — A fast-food chain received fraudulent cash as payment shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, police said.

An employee reported that a customer gave her a $20 bill to pay for her food. Police said the employee thought the bill felt funny, and she asked the customer to wait in her car for change. As the employee was checking the $20 bill, the customer drove off, despite attempts to stop her.

The investigation is continuing.



From 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday:

Fifty-six people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police posted 22 reports online.

From June 30 through Saturday, Texas Woman’s University police responded to 45 calls for service, made five reports, provided one escort, wrote 24 moving violations and made no arrests.

From June 30 through Thursday, University of North Texas police made three arrests on possession of marijuana charges, two arrests on evading detention/discharge of fireworks/possession of marijuana charges and one controlled-substance arrest; and made three criminal trespass warning reports, one crash report, one urinating in public report, two driving while license invalid calls, one outside warrant arrest and one burglary/criminal mischief report.

— Megan Gray