The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 1:00 am

Man shoots self in head

After he exited burning house; gravely injured

JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette

A man shot himself in the head after walking out of a burning home Tuesday on Warsaw Street, police said.

Police were called just after 10 a.m. to a home in the 4500 block of Warsaw Street because of suicide threats. On the front door, officers found a note they were told might be suicidal in nature, police said. Officers used a loudspeaker to try to contact the man inside, but there was no response.

Then there was an explosion that caused the windows to break and the house to catch fire, police said.

The man walked out the back door holding a gun to his head. Officers told him they were trying to help and encouraged him to put the gun down. A few seconds later, he shot himself in the head, police said.

Officers pulled him to safety in an alley. Emergency personnel treated him at the scene, and he was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.

Firefighters, meanwhile, worked to extinguish the fire that had spread to the entire front interior of the home and caused heavy damage.

In a statement, Fort Wayne police encouraged anyone who is having mental health issues or considering suicide to call 911. Police said they can find community resources that can help.

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