Bridgeport PD investigated suicide in Beardsley Park

November 7, 2018

BRIDGEPORT — A 23-year-old Bridgeport woman took her own life in Beardsley Park early Tuesday morning, according to a police report.

Jamie Gil, of Edna Avenue, died from a “self-inflicted ... gunshot wound to her head near her right temple,” the report said.

“It’s so sad,” said Police Chief Armando Perez. “Medics were on scene but there wasn’t much they could do.”

Around 1:30 a.m., police raced to Beardsley Park for a report of an attempted suicide. When officers got to the scene, they spoke to a friend of Gil’s who told them Gil was in a car near a playground and threatening to kill herself. The report said she had a gun with her in the car.

Medics were told to stage in the area until police approved them to go in.

According to the report, Gil tried to leave in the car at one point, but was blocked in by police cruisers.

“Gil was holding the firearm in her hand with her finger on the trigger pointing it at herself,” the report said. “In several instances she was pointing it in different directions. Numerous attempts were made ... to persuade Gil to lower the firearm.”

Gil’s friend told police she had attempted suicide twice before, the report indicated.

Officers, sergeants and lieutenants talked to Gil, trying to tell her to put the gun down. But they were unable to get through to her, Perez said.

As soon as the gunshot rang out, medics rushed in as police broke the driver’s side window and got into the car. The report said Gil was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 2:44 p.m.

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