A man found dead Wednesday morning following a nine-hour standoff with Coeur d’Alene Police hanged himself, according to preliminary autopsy results released today. Kootenai County Coroner Robert West said 24-year-old Nicolas C. Castanon barricaded himself in the bathroom and used a dog leash to hang himself from the top rail of the shower enclosure. West said there was no evidence of carbon monoxide in Castanon’s blood and no soot in his lungs – an indication that he died sometime before a fire broke out at the Satre Avenue duplex. What time Castanon died has yet to be determined.
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