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Lexington police standoff ends in man's suicide

Matthew Vanderpool
Matthew Vanderpool

Former political candidate Matthew D. Vanderpool, 26, of Lexington, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head several hours after police were called to 812 Wheatcroft Court by a man reporting his son was suicidal and had a gun.

Miles White, chief deputy coroner, confirmed Wednesday that Vanderpool ran against State Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, in 2010. He listed his occupation at the time as a college student.

When police arrived at the scene, near Russell Cave Road and Interstate 75/64, they heard a gunshot coming from inside the home, and a window broke in the garage, Lt. Rodney Sherrod said late Tuesday.

Police went to the address after a man who lives out of state called police about 9:40 a.m. to report that his son was having suicidal thoughts and had a gun, Sherrod said.

Officers set up a perimeter, evacuated neighbors and tried to make contact with whoever might be inside the home via telephone and bullhorn.

Lexington police Lt. Raymond Roller said Wednesday that Vanderpool was found in the garage. Police used a robot to search the house, but Roller did not know if the robot located Vanderpool or if an officer did when they went in.

The coroner's office was called to the scene at 12:49 a.m. Wednesday. Vanderpool was pronounced dead about a half-hour later.

Funeral arrangements were pending at Kerr Brothers on Harrodsburg Road.

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