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Victim In Fatal Middletown Shooting Told Police He Wanted To Die

A man who was fatally shot Wednesday night during an encounter with Middletown police had threatened to shoot officers and his estranged girlfriend, police said.
A man who was fatally shot Wednesday night during an encounter with Middletown police had threatened to shoot officers and his estranged girlfriend, police said. Photo Credit: Middletown Police Department/Facebook

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – An armed Middletown man killed by police Wednesday told authorities that he wanted to die, according to a report by Time Warner Cable News.

Richard Dinneny, 53, who was holding his estranged girlfriend hostage, had called 911, saying he wanted to die and threatening to shoot her and any officers who came to an apartment complex on Overlook Drive, Time Warner Cable News reported.

Police told Time Warner Cable News reporters that Dinneny was shot after he came outside and refused to drop what looked like a semiautomatic pistol.

The pistol turned out to be a pellet gun.

The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the Time Warner Cable News story said.

To read the Time Warner Cable News story, click here.

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