Police Unable To Talk Man Out of Suicide

Communities / Feb. 16, 2017 9:58am EST

A 26-year-old Vershire man, Cody Perry, shot himself to death last Wednesday as state troopers attempted to talk to him and offer him help.

At about 3 p.m., according to a release from the State Police in St. Johnsbury, officers responded to a report of “suspicious circumstances” at the intersection of the Bragg Hill Road and Vt. Route 244 in Fairlee.

Responding troopers made contact with “a despondent, armed, 26-year-old male subject,” the police report said of the Rivendell High School graduate, U.S. Army veteran, and painting foreman in Fairlee.

Perry was alone in his vehicle, and police officers said they were attempting to provide assistance when he suddenly shot himself. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

State Police were assisted at the scene by members of the Upper Valley Ambulance and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

A “death investigation” was conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and an autopsy was scheduled to be performed later.

Father of two, Perry is survived by his mother, Brenda Colbeth; his father, Dennis Perry; and wife Ashley Perry.

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