Aberdeen Man Kills Self Near Tydings Park Playground

The victim, 46, shot himself in his pickup truck in Yacht Basin parking lot.

UPDATE (10:25 p.m.)——An Aberdeen man fatally shot himself in just after 6 p.m. Friday as people gathered for a nearby .

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 to , 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 and many of the boats in the Yacht Basin.

Many onlookers remained on the scene as police continued their investigation, and the went on as scheduled.

Crystal McCreary October 18, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Melissa are you my dads sister ? & yes his dad Stanley was in the army .
Crystal-Lynn McCreary December 24, 2011 at 03:47 AM
I still cant believe that hes gone, its been almost 5 months and everyday it gets harder and harder </3 Imiss him terribly
Annie McLhinney Cochran December 24, 2011 at 01:00 PM
Crystal he is always with you. The holidays are hard. Take comfort in your other family members and friends who love you. He is watching down on you every minute. He is your special angel. Happy memories today.
Crystal-Lynn McCreary July 27, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Here we are. Sunday will be One year since this all happened. I can't believe he's gone. I miss him everyday. and it still breaks my heart,
yvonne mccreary September 13, 2012 at 06:07 PM
crystal it has been a long and stressful year but u anc ur sisster and brothers are strong u also had a lot of blessings this past year u became anunt twice i know ur dad is looking down and is so proud of u guys ur dad raised u to be a strong young lady we will all miss him very much r.i.p. jim love always ur wife


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