Published: February 11, 2019


A MAURY COUNTY MAN IS DEAD FROM AN APPARENT SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND AFTER A CONFRONTATION WITH COLUMBIA POLICE OFFICERS. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, OFFICERS WERE DISPATCHED TO A RESIDENCE ON OVERLOOK PLACE ON FRIDAY NIGHT AROUND 8 TO A REPORT OF A DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE. UPON ARRIVAL, DEAN LEAHY, 33, OF COLUMBIA, ALLEGEDLY RETRIEVED A FIREARM FROM INSIDE THE HOME AND BARRICADED HIMSELF. THE PROPERTY WAS QUICKLY SURROUNDED AND ONE FEMALE AND THREE CHILDREN WERE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE HOME BEFORE THE STAND OFF. AFTER CONTINUOUS ATTEMPTS WERE MADE TO CONTACT LEAHY, THE COLUMBIA SPECIAL WEAPONS AND TACTICS TEAM THEN WAS MOBILIZED AND EXECUTED A STRATEGIC ENTRY INTO THE HOME WHERE LEAHY WAS FOUND DECEASED. ANY PERSON WITH INFORMATION THAT MAY ASSIST IN THIS INVESTIGATION IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION OF COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT AT (931) 560-1670.