Bowling Green Police Department

File photo. Bowling Green Police Department.

A Bowling Green High School student was intent on killing himself, based on information reported by officials.

Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson said Eric Baer got into his father’s locked safe and used his service pistol to take his own life on April 7.

The safe was locked, and both the combination and the ammunition were in different locations, Dobson said.

“It appears he had to be pretty intent on what he wanted to accomplish,” he said.

All the information that Dobson received from the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation “supports that ruling” of suicide, he said.

Dobson said on Monday that he has talked to the Baer family about those results “and they have no reason to think otherwise.”

The teen’s father, Ray Baer, is an officer with the Bowling Green Police Division. There will be no discipline, said Police Chief Tony Hetrick.

“He did his due diligence according to our policies and procedures to keep that firearm out of the hands of someone who shouldn’t have it,” Hetrick said.

“It is unfortunate his son was able to get the firearm through surreptitious means. The result was tragic.”

Dobson said it was standard procedure, once BCII completed its investigation, for him to get the case to look it over.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-273-8255.

For more on risk factors and warning signs, visit this link provided by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:

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