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Gunshot believed to be self-inflicted
Trinity Standard - July 2008
TRINITY – A Trinity County man was life flighted to a Tyler hospital Saturday afternoon after suffering what was believed to have been a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The man, whose identity was being withheld at this time, is a resident of the Port Adventure subdivision off FM 356. He was located by Trinity County Deputy Sheriff Billy Jones after family members requested help in finding him.
“We were notified at 12:19 p.m. Saturday that he might be in a suicidal state,” said Chief Deputy Donald Fisher. “We were told that he was very depressed. He had a couple of marriages end in divorce and he had just broken up with his girlfriend.”
Fisher said the deputy went to the Port Adventure area to look for the man’s light brown SUV but failed to immediately locate it.
“He drove around looking for quite some time but didn’t spot the vehicle until he started to return to Trinity for an unrelated call at the hospital,” Fisher said.
At about 2 p.m., as Jones was traveling toward Trinity on FM 356, he spotted the SUV and stopped it at a private driveway just east of the Port Adventure entrance.
“After he stopped the vehicle, Deputy Jones got out of his patrol car and approached the man. He told him to put his hands out of the window and to stay still. The man complied,” Fisher said.
When the deputy got to the vehicle’s window, he noticed blood on the man’s face and inside the SUV’s passenger compartment.
The deputy immediately radioed for medical assistance and subsequently learned the man had apparently shot himself using a .22 caliber rifle. The bullet entered beneath his chin and exited beside one of his eyes.