Man found dead with gunshot wound inside burning home identified - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Man found dead with gunshot wound inside burning home identified

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SEYMOUR, CT (WFSB) -

A man who suffered an apparent deadly gunshot wound was found inside a 'cluttered' burning home in Seymour Wednesday morning.

Crews were called to 9 Bungay Rd. just before 7:30 a.m.

The road remained closed as of noon time while investigators looked into it but it was reopened by 4:45 p.m.

Police said they found 67-year-old Wallace Deklyn inside the home and dragged him out. He was pronounced dead at the hospital around 8:30 a.m.

Two investigations were said to be underway.

Local police and state police major crimes ares looking into the shooting.

The Seymour Fire Department is investigating the fire, which began after it received a number of 911 calls.

When it arrived, crews encountered heavy smoke and fire from the back of the house's walkout basement.

When firefighters forced their way inside the front door, they said they found the victim. They noticed the gunshot wound as he was being removed.

Firefighters said there was heavy damage to the home. It burned for quite some time due to all of the clutter in the home.

They said they aren't ruling anything out, but whatever happened in the home was an isolated incident.

"This will be a lengthy and probably difficult investigation, because you have two things going on here," said Deputy Chief Paul Satkowski, Seymour police. "[There's] the fire and the shooting of the victim. It will be a lengthy and methodical process, all agencies to try and piece this together as to what happened here [Wednesday] morning."

They said they believe the man lived in a hoarding situation. Firefighters said the house was filled with clutter and papers stacked high.

According to land records, the house is owned by Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation.

Neighbors said the man lived by himself.

"He seemed to be nice, polite, saw me and would wave, that would be it," said Mary Rozum.

An autopsy is expected to be conducted on Thursday.

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