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Man committed suicide at gas station

Natalie St. John

Published on November 14, 2017 4:55PM


SEAVIEW — A man committed suicide while getting gas on Nov. 11.

Two deputies were called to the Seaview Mobile station at about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, after a 911 caller reported that a man had shot himself.

When they arrived, they saw an unconscious man sitting inside a car that was parked at the pumps. It was immediately evident that the man’s injury was fatal, Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock, of the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies could see that he held a brown revolver in his hand.

Several law enforcement officers and a first aid crew responded. The man was transported by ambulance to Ocean Beach Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

In interviews, witnesses said the man appeared to be agitated when he arrived at the station.

“The decedent was yelling loud enough for employees at the gas station to hear him when they were outside taking a break,” Matlock said.

The man’s girlfriend, who had been driving, was in the car at the time of the suicide, according to police reports. Authorities also removed a dog from the vehicle. It was not harmed.

Matlock said law enforcement officers investigate apparent suicides much as they would any other death. On Nov. 14, they were still gathering information about the events leading up to the incident.

“We have no information regarding if there was specific reason for the location,” Matlock said.

If you are thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800)-273-8255. Counselors are available to help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Chinook Observer made a decision to cover this suicide in more detail than usual because of the public setting in which it happened and the amount of attention is drew from residents.



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