Mo­torist shoots him­self in head

The Covington News - - LOCAL - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­news.com

A Nor­cross man, ini­tially thought to be in­jured in an auto ac­ci­dent Sun­day, re­port­edly had a self-in­flicted gun­shot wound.

A re­port from the Covington Po­lice Depart­ment said of­fi­cers were dis­patched to the BP gas sta­tion on Turner Lake Road around 6:30 a.m. Sun­day in ref­er­ence to a man need­ing help.

Re­ports said the man was bleed­ing from his face and head. Re­spond­ing of­fi­cers re­port­edly found a 37-year-old man sit­ting on the curb in front of the gas sta­tion, scream­ing in pain.

The re­port said of­fi­cers ini­tially were un­sure where the man came from, but they found his 2005 Nis­san Max­ima in the wood line just north of the BP park­ing lot.

The re­port said the ve­hi­cle had no dam­age, but an of­fi­cer ob­served a large amount of blood on top of the ve­hi­cle, on the wind­shield and in the front com­part­ment. The of­fi­cer could also see a black pis­tol, which ap­peared to be loaded, on the cen­ter con­sole near the gear shift.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the sun­roof wind­shield had been bro­ken out, and there was glass in­side and out­side the ve­hi­cle, the re­port said.

When the man was con­fronted by of­fi­cers, he re­port­edly be­came com­bat­ive and tried to walk away.

Of­fi­cers de­tained the man, and he even­tu­ally co­op­er­ated with Covington Fire and EMS per­son­nel and got into an am­bu­lance.

Res­cue per­son­nel re­port­edly asked the man what hap­pened, and he replied, “I shot my­self be­cause I was try­ing to go home.”

The re­port said EMS per­son­nel found that the man had a gun­shot wound un­der his chin, with a pos­si­ble exit wound near his left eye. In ad­di­tion, the man’s hat, also found at the scene, re­port­edly had a bul­let hole in the bill. The man was taken to At­lanta Med­i­cal Cen­ter, where of­fi­cials said Thurs­day he was still re­cov­er­ing from his in­juries.

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