Aberdeen Man Kills Self Near Tydings Park Playground
The victim, 46, shot himself in his pickup truck in Yacht Basin parking lot.
Aberdeen and Havre de Grace police negotiated with James Dean McCreary, 46, of the 200 block of Parke Street for about 20 minutes before he killed himself. The victim raised a gun to his chin multiple times while officers attempted to dissuade him from pulling the trigger, Havre de Grace Police Department spokesman PFC Jeff Gilpin said.
At 6:11 p.m., McCreary fired a single bullet into his chest. He was transported by the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps to Harford Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:38 p.m., Gilpin said.
The incident took place in the parking lot of the Yacht Basin, near the steps that lead up a hill to one of the city’s most popular playgrounds. Many residents had already sat atop the hill awaiting a 7:30 p.m. concert at the park gazebo.
An area surrounding a pickup truck was roped off with police tape.
At 5:43 p.m., Aberdeen police issued a county-wide “be-on-the-lookout” alert for an armed suicidal or homicidal individual driving a grey Ford pickup truck.
By tracking cell phone signals, Aberdeen police guided Havre de Grace police to the Yacht Basin parking lot. At 5:51 p.m., officers located the truck, initiated conversation and requested the ambulance corps for standby.
Police then established a perimeter, but struggled to clear onlookers from the area. Witnesses watched the events unfold from the hilltop park, the nearby Promenade Grille and many of the boats in the Yacht Basin.
Many onlookers remained on the scene as police continued their investigation, and the concert went on as scheduled.