FALMOUTH — A gunshot that followed a report of a teenager threatening to harm himself Wednesday afternoon led police to close part of Winn Road and send the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office tactical team to a house on nearby Inverness Road.

Falmouth police said the boy apparently committed suicide at his family’s home.

Police Chief Edward Tolan said that when the boy, who is not being identified because he was a minor, posted messages on Facebook about harming himself, an unidentified person notified the boy’s father, who contacted police. The boy’s parents were both at work.

When police arrived around 3:20 p.m., they heard a gunshot. Tolan said his officers knew there were guns in the home so they called in the county’s tactical team and evacuated four or five homes in the immediate area.

Falmouth police closed a section of Winn Road, between Woodville and Field roads, for more than three hours. Inverness Road, which winds through the Falmouth Country Club, connects with Winn Road.

Tolan said the boy’s body was found on the ground just outside the home.

“It does appear to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Tolan said during a press conference Wednesday evening.

Winn Road reopened around 6:45 p.m.


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