Police: Hazmat suicide victim Allan Banks was chemist, obtained potassium cyanide 30 years ago

New information has been released about the Fairfield man who took his own life by consuming potassium cyanide. Police say 69-year-old Allan Banks was a

Police say Banks used the chemical to kill

Police say Banks used the chemical to kill himself, but left notes warning of hazardous materials inside his house.

FAIRFIELD - New information has been released about the Fairfield man who took his own life by consuming potassium cyanide.

Police say 69-year-old Allan Banks was a chemist and originally obtained the chemical back in the 1980s. Banks committed suicide at his home on Clinton Street after leaving notes warning others that there were hazardous materials inside the house.

Experts say the chemical is easy to come by. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says potassium cyanide can release a gas that is highly toxic and interferes with the body's ability to burn oxygen.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Authorities say Aylin Sofia Hernandez has been found 1 Missing Bridgeport girl found safe, suspect captured
Family members say Watkins, who went by the 2 Man dies after Bridgeport shooting
Police say the Amber Alert issued in several 3 Bridgeport police tout effectiveness of Amber Alert
4 12 on Health: Foods that help fight diseases
The crash happened in the highway's northbound lanes 5 Driver hospitalized after rollover crash on I-95

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Police say Alan Baker was found dead inside Police: Hazmat death a suicide

Fairfield fire officials say the death of a man who prompted a haz-mat situation last

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE