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Law enforcement officers confer during the investigation Saturday afternoon of a shooting at 520 E. Second St. in Defiance. One man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while a woman was injured and taken to a hospital.

Defiance police are investigating a shooting Saturday afternoon at 520 E. Second St. in which one man died and a woman was injured.

According to Police Chief Todd Shafer, officers responded to a report “of a suicidal subject” at the residence. The call came in just after 2 p.m. Saturday.

After officers “heard shots fired,” according to Shafer, “we made entry,” finding one male dead from a “self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

A woman injured by a gunshot also was found, he said. She was transported by the Defiance Fire Department to Mercy Defiance Hospital before being transferred to Toledo via air ambulance.

An assault was reported at the same address at 12:23 p.m.

Further details were unavailable as the shooting remains under investigation. The release of names is pending notification of family members.

Assisting at the scene were the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Highway Patrol Post 20, the Defiance County Coroner’s Office, the Defiance County Dog Warden’s Office and Defiance County Victims Advocacy.

Anyone with information to assist in the investigation is asked to contact the police department at 419-784-5050.

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