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Man threatens to shoot himself with flare gun

A Bloomington man threatened to shoot himself with a flare gun during a domestic dispute with his partner Thursday. 

Bloomington Police Department Capt. Steve Kellams said Richard Moore, 35, threatened himself. When his partner attempted to call police, he knocked the cell phone out of her hand and pushed her. 

During the dispute, their 3-year-old daughter was still in the residence.

After being pushed, the woman then left to call BPD, which received the call around 12:30 p.m.. Four officers responded.

When officers arrived they attempted to speak to Moore, but he refused to open the door more than a crack and slammed it on officers. After slamming the door he barricaded it with a steel bar.

Kellams said police then broke a window in the kitchen and entered the residence that way. When officers got inside, Moore grabbed his daughter and held her.

He was not threatening his daughter, nor did he have the flare gun or another weapon, Kellams said, but officers were concerned and attempted to calm him down.

Eventually, Moore put his daughter down and went with police. He was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation and then to Monroe County Correctional Center.

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