said neighbors alerted them the Westville Avenue man was in trouble after neighbors had gotten the man's children out of his house Tuesday afternoon.
Police Spokesman Thomas Wendel said the man, Matthew Goeux, 43, had walked home to 175 Westville Avenue ext. carrying a stick, and when neighbors saw him, they knew something was wrong.
"We have indications this wasn't the first time he considered this," Wendel said. "It wasn't triggered by a traumatic event or something that set him off."
Wendel said it appears that neighbors rescued the man's children from the house and called the police. When uniformed officers arrived and tiptoed into the house, they said they heard the man saying to someone on the telephone words to the effect, "It doesn't matter. When the cops get here, I'll be dead anyway." The officers, who couldn't see the man, left quietly and called the department.
Danbury's SWAT team was called to the scene in western Danbury north of I-84.
Police tried to negotiate with the man, but said they believe he killed himself with a gun.
Wendel said police believe the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Wendel said that will be confirmed in an autopsy. He said the incident investigation will continue. No toxicology report is available yet.