Man Sought In Wallingford Shooting Found Dead In Hamden

HAMDEN — A man believed to have shot a women in Wallingford was found dead Sunday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a local residence.

Police believe the man, whose name is being withheld pending family notification, went to the home of Leanne Burger-Mestel, at 43 Heritage Woods, Wallingford around 1:30 a.m.

Police said they believe the man then rang the doorbell and shot Burger-Mestel when she answered the door. Police added the man shot at another person in the living room of the home but missed.

Burger-Mestel, 54, was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital where she underwent surgery, police said. She is in stable condition. Police said the man and Burger-Mestel had a relationship.

Wallingford police tracked the man to a home on First Street in Hamden, police said. Hamden and Wallingford Police Departments set up a perimeter and attempted to contact the man.

While outside, police said they heard what was believed to be a gunshot come from the home. The man was found dead inside.

By Nicholas Rondinone, Hartford Courant

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