Unknown chemical found in Southington home, near dead man, prompts large response

Published on Monday, 22 February 2021 11:35


SOUTHINGTON -- A welfare check on Friday drew a large response from state and federal authorities upon the discovery of an unknown chemical that ultimately proved to be harmless.

Officers around 2:30 p.m. responded to the home at 36 John St., where they found a dead man and what were described as suspicious conditions, which included an unknown chemical agent.

Upon discovering the chemical, officers left the home and called for both the fire department and detectives.

According to Southington police, the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Emergency Services also responded, in addition supporting federal agencies.

It was ultimately determined that the chemical was nonhazardous. Police said it was removed and disposed of before detectives entered the home to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.

Police said the investigation thus far has found that there was no evidence to suggest any criminal behavior had occurred. A representative from the state medical examiner’s officers was called to remove the dead man.

Detectives at this time believe the death was a suicide, though it is still being investigated.

“The case remains open and under investigation by the Southington Detective Division,” Southington police Lt. Keith Egan said in a statement.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Monday, 22 February 2021 11:35. Updated: Monday, 22 February 2021 12:11.