Man killed himself on second trip to gun range

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: Florida, suicide |

CASSELBERRY, FLorida – Jason Kevin McCarthy, 26, was at Shoot Straight on U.S. Highway 17-92 about 11 a.m. Monday and asked about renting a gun, Casselberry police Officer Joseph Nas said in a report that has just been released. McCarthy was handed paperwork to fill out, “but he stated he had something to do first and left the store,” Nas wrote.

He came back about 5:40 p.m. and that time he filled out the paperwork and rented a 9mm handgun.

No one saw McCarthy shoot himself, but the suicide was verified by a surveillance video, police said. Employee Adam Schulman told police he instructed McCarthy on how to safely use the gun and watched him shoot at his target on a monitor for about five minutes before turning to wait on a customer.

He said he realized something was wrong when another customer pounded on the glass and told him McCarthy had shot himself.  More on Orlando Sentinel

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Death in Decker Police Shooting Ruled Suicide

Posted on April 26, 2009. Filed under: Maryland, suicide |

LEONARDTOWN, Maryland — The State Medical Examiner’s Office has preliminarily determined that the death of Daniel Decker, 46, of Leonardtown, on April 26 was the result of a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Decker was also shot by Deputy First Class Shawn Cathcart. Deputies encountered Decker in the home of his ex-girlfriend after a manhunt led them to the residence on Sunday. Police were called to the residence the day before after the woman reported that Decker had broken into the residence and threatened a murder-suicide. She escaped unharmed.

The incident started on Saturday around 5:26 p.m. when police were called to a residence on Belvidere Lane in Leonardtown. Police determined that Decker unlawfully entered the victim’s residence and began a verbal dispute with her. The woman asked Decker to leave the residence and he refused. Decker produced a long gun and made threats towards the woman and himself. The woman attempted to leave the residence but Decker grabbed and continued to detain her against her will.

On Sunday police say they received information indicating Decker may have returned to the victim’s home. At approximately 10:20 a.m., deputies responded back to the residence and attempted to make contact with Decker via telephone and loud speaker. Deputies subsequently entered the residence to search, at which time they encountered Decker. Police say Decker was armed and gunfire was exchanged with deputies. Decker was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.  More on Southern Maryland Online

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Man kills himself with Springfield officer’s gun

Posted on April 22, 2009. Filed under: Colorado, suicide |

SPRINGFIELD, Colo. – Authorities say a man used an officer’s gun to shoot and kill himself after he was placed in custody for allegedly attempting to strangle a woman to death in Springfield.

The Garfield County sheriff’s office says Damien Greenlee grabbed a gun while he was in a Springfield police officer’s vehicle. The sheriff’s office says the officer was inside the home where the woman was attacked when Greenlee shot himself.

Officials declined to say where the gun was in the vehicle.

Greenlee shared a home with the woman he was suspected of trying to strangle, but their relationship wasn’t immediately known. The woman was hospitalized, but details on her condition were not available. More on

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Arkansas Man Kills Self During Traffic Stop

Posted on April 20, 2009. Filed under: Arkansas, suicide |

LOWELL, Ark. —  A northwest Arkansas man shot himself to death after a Lowell police officer pulled him over to investigate a domestic disturbance, police said.

Lowell Police Chief Joe Landers said that 36-year-old Richie Woods got into a fight with his estranged wife at a home outside of Lowell on Sunday. Woods left the home, and Lowell police were asked to locate him.

Sgt. Robert Jones pulled Woods over in a parking lot, and Woods shot himself in the head while sitting in his vehicle, police said. He was declared dead at the scene.

Jones, who is on administrative leave, did not pull his gun until after he heard the shot, according to police. More on

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Woman shot to death in her home, boyfriend claiming suicide

Posted on April 7, 2009. Filed under: suicide, Tennessee |

PUTNAM COUNTY, Tennessee — A woman was found shot to death in her home on Tuesday afternoon, and detectives are trying to determine whether it was a suicide, as was reported by her boyfriend.

Lisa Ann Adkins Giasson, 32, of Oak Trace Lane, was dead from a gunshot wound to the face when deputies arrived on the scene about 3:15 p.m., according to Putnam Sheriff David Andrews.

Giasson’s boyfriend, Todd Thomsen, who also lives at the residence, had called 911 just before that and reported that “she shot herself,” said Detective Red Golden.

“He was very upset and was sobbing when he called,” the detective said.

Lt. Bryan Whitefield was the first to arrive at the scene. Here is his description of what he saw:

“I had been informed that the front door would be open. I approached, but the door was locked. I went around to the side door and made entry. I could hear someone screaming in the other end of the residence.

“Upon following the sound, I entered the bedroom and observed a white male sitting on the bed holding a white female who was laying partially off the bed with her head and upper shoulder on a nightstand beside the bed.

“I approached as the male was ignoring or not hearing my commands. I observed a black pistol laying on the floor by the male’s left foot. I removed the weapon to a shelf at the foot of the bed, then physically removed the male subject, who was Todd Thomsen, to a chair in the living room to allow Emergency Medical Service medics entry to the victim.”

Lt. Whitefield also called for detectives, and Detectives Golden and Mike Hoover came to the scene, as did Deputy Jerry Dale Abston.

Detective Golden said Giasson was dead when he arrived. He said she had been shot in the left cheek just below the eye.

Todd Thomsen told the detective that “although the two had had several arguments in the past, they were not having an argument when the shooting occurred,” according to one report.

“He said they were getting along fine. He said he left the bedroom to go to the kitchen and when he came back to the bedroom, she had the handgun, a .40 caliber Glock, pointing at her head. He said she made a comment about killing herself and that she was losing her children.”

Thomsen told the detective he asked her to put the gun down, “but it discharged at that time.”

Giasson had been worried about retaining custody of her two children from a previous marriage, the detective said.

Detectives gathered evidence and sent the body to Nashville for an autopsy. They have also sent the gun to the TBI crime lab for testing.

“It is too early in the investigation to say what kind of case this is,” Detective Golden said this morning.

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Man may have committed suicide-by-cop

Posted on April 6, 2009. Filed under: Minnesota, suicide |

St. Paul, Minnesota – Police spokesman Peter Panos said Tuesday that the MySpace page and another note apparently left by Jeske on his computer are leading investigators to believe that his death Monday was a case of officer-assisted suicide.

Jeske, 34, of St. Paul, was shot and killed by police after he allegedly refused to put down his gun, and instead raised it, Panos said, while in an alley in the 1500 block of E. Iowa Avenue on the city’s East Side.

A police dog named Boomer was shot in the muzzle during the altercation.

Sometime before he died — gunned down by St. Paul police officers after he allegedly confronted them with a handgun — Robert J. Jeske is believed to have logged onto a MySpace page for the final time.

“I love you all ………. goodbye ….. I am sorry …..” states the note entered under the name Bob Hope.

Jeske’s family and friends were shocked when they learned about the confrontation with police, the shooting and the MySpace goodbye.

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