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By VINCE LUECKE, Editor
TROY – A man with a gun to his head fatally shot himself in Troy Sunday night following an hour-long standoff with police.
Ellsworth “Skip” Mongillo was pronounced dead at the scene with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No one else was injured in the standoff, which began just after 7 p.m. with a call from a family member who had been in the home at 300 Washington St. but who left to call police. She said the 57-year-old threatened to kill himself and was armed.
The woman returned to the home. She and three other family members inside the home reported that Mongillo was holding the gun to his head. Tell City Police Department Lt. Alan Malone made contact with family members inside the house and attempted to get them to leave. It was not immediately clear whether they were being prevented from leaving or if they didn’t want to leave out of fear Mongillo would harm himself. After about an hour, the four people exited through the front door. A short time later, a single gunshot was heard.
Police entered the home and found that Mongillo had shot himself. Paramedics who had staged near Troy responded and Mongillo was pronounced dead by the county coroner’s office.
Indiana State Police troopers, Troy marshal, sheriff’s deputies and Tell City officers also responded. Police had closed intersections in the area and told neighbors to either leave their homes or stay inside.