Standoff ends with one dead

Police, including Keene Capt. Brian Costa, left, work the scene of a four-plus hour standoff in the area of Ivy Drive in Keene on Tuesday night. A male subject who held authorities at bay shot himself once in the chest area and later died, police said.

UPDATE: The man involved in the incident has been identified as Matthew Snow, 34, of Keene.

UPDATE: 6 A.M. TODAY: A man who held police at bay by holding a gun to his body in a Keene neighborhood Tuesday night shot and killed himself, Keene police say.

Police were attempting to arrest the man on an electronic bench warrant for receiving stolen property and a parole warrant in the area of Ivy Drive, behind McDonald's and Wendy's. Residents of the nearby Brookbend apartments were evacuated.

A four-plus hour standoff ensued. The man shot himself once in the chest area, police said in a news release issued early Wednesday morning.

The man was immediately taken to Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, where he died from his injury. An autopsy will be scheduled in to determine the cause of death, police said.

The man's identity will not be released until he is positively identified by the N.H. State Medical Examiner’s Office and after his family members are notified, police said.

Residents of Brookbend apartments were able to return to their homes shortly after the standoff ended and the scene was cleared.

Keene police were assisted by the Keene Fire Department, N.H. State Police, the Swanzey Police Department, Cheshire County Sheriff’s Office and the Marlborough Police Department.

UPDATE 11:15 p.m.: Keene police expect to release more information later on the incident Tuesday night in the Ivy Drive area. No word on the suspect's condition or who fired the shots heard. Residents of Brookbend apartments are being let back into their homes.

 Keene police expect to release more information later on the incident Tuesday night in the Ivy Drive area. No word on the suspect's condition or who fired the shots heard. Residents of Brookbend apartments are being let back into their homes.

UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: Two shots were fired at about 10:23 p.m., more than four hours after a standoff between a man with a gun and police began. The man was loaded into an ambulance.

An earlier story follows:

Armed officers, including a SWAT team, are standing by and Keene's armored vehicle has been brought to an incident off Winchester Street near Ivy Drive in Keene Tuesday night.

Police appear to be trained on a man who wants to harm himself with a gun in the wooded area near Ivy Drive.

An employee at the Staples store on Key Road said at about 6 p.m., a police officer and two men were outside the store in the parking lot. One of the two men had a gun in his mouth and the officer had his gun drawn, the employee said. 

The employee said he heard the officer say "drop the gun," and that a man took off running for the woods.

A number of officers, some with rifles, some wearing camouflage, are at the very back of the McDonald's parking lot near the housing development on Ivy Drive.

Residents of that development, the Brookbend apartments, were evacuated from their homes.

The area has been cordoned off. The city's BearCat armored vehicle was also called in. Two ambulances were standing by.