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Traffic stop ends in apparent suicide in Lynnfield

LYNNFIELD — A traffic stop ended in an apparent suicide on Main Street Sunday afternoon.

Christopher Morris, 47, formerly of Lynnfield, reportedly died by suicide after being pulled over on Main Street, according to Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney’s office. Morris was later pronounced dead at Union Hospital in Lynn, she said.

Just before 5 p.m., there were multiple 911 calls about an erratic driver on Main Street in Lynnfield. Officers pulled over Morris near 1152 Main Street, which is close to the Sagamore Spring Golf Club, according to Monahan.

“Officers approached the driver of the motor vehicle…who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol,” said Monahan. “Officers requested he exit the vehicle so they could conduct a field sobriety test at that time.”

At that time, Monahan said Morris killed himself.

State troopers assigned to the district attorney’s office, as well as other state troopers who responded, confirmed that officers did not fire any shots, the DA’s spokeswoman said.

Morris formerly lived in Lynnfield and was currently staying in Wakefield, Monahan said.

The medical examiner’s office will determine an official cause of death, and the officers involved in the incident will be interviewed, per protocol, she said.

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