MANATEE — Authorities say a man killed himself in his home Tuesday after deputies came to his door to serve him with an outstanding traffic warrant.
At around 10 a.m., Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to the man’s home in the 1100 block of 60th Street West to serve him with a violation of probation warrant on a reckless driving conviction. His name has not been released.
Sheriff’s spokesman Dave Bristow said deputies announced themselves after knocking and saw the man through a window walk to the door, before moving back into the rear of a home. Deputies then a heard a gunshot and pulled back, calling for the sheriff’s SWAT team.
Dozens of deputies descended on the quiet Bradenton neighborhood, closing off 11th Avenue West at 59th Street for about an hour. Several deputies with pistols and rifles surrounded the house, not knowing the state of the man in the home.
A SWAT armored car filled with deputies pulled up to the house, and the SWAT team exploded a diversionary bomb in the house to enter. They found the man dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a bathroom in the home, Bristow said.
Neighbors of the man said the commotion in the neighborhood shook them during a normally quite time of day there.
“It is just horrible to see this happen in this neighborhood,” said Philip Connelly. “To have someone take their life like that. I am just glad no one else was hurt.”
The man’s neighbors, Glenn and Margie Mutchler, said he was a quiet man who took pride in his house.
“He was a sweet guy. Kept his house up so nice. He was so proud of it,” said Margie Mutchler, fighting back tears.
Mutchler said the man did not have a phone, and they often put him in contact with his family in Tennessee when they wanted to get in touch with him.
“They are the nicest people. They are going to be so heartbroken. It is just a terrible thing,” Mutchler said.