A man found dead Friday evening at Lowe's Home Improvement on Milan Road apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Perkins police Chief Tim McClung said.
The alleged suicide occurred at 5:35 p.m. in the Lowe's garden center.
While Perkins police were at the store investigating the death, Sandusky police received a call from someone who had found a suicide note and discovered a handgun was missing from the residence.
It was determined that the man found at Lowe's was the person who had left the note, McClung said.
Perkins police were not releasing the man's name pending notification of family.
McClung said the man was not a Lowe's employee, but would not say why the man went to Lowe's.
Sandusky police could not release any further details as the case is still under investigation.
A handwritten sign that read "The garden center is temporary closed -- Management" was the only indication that something was wrong at Lowe's early Friday night.
The store was bustling with customers, most of whom had no idea what had taken place in the store only a few hours earlier.
Employees said only that the garden center was closed by police order. Lowe's management could not be reached for comment.