Showing posts with label suicide investigation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label suicide investigation. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Police officer found dead at headquarters

Montebello police officer dies after being shot with his own gun at police headquarters

Los Angeles Times
APR 22, 2019

A Montebello police officer who had been on the force less than a year died of a gunshot wound Sunday after discharging his weapon inside police headquarters, authorities said.

Officer Kenneth Utsinger, 41, was pronounced dead at the police station at 1600 W. Beverly Blvd. at 5:24 a.m. Sunday, according to Sarah Ardalani, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

While the call for assistance came in as a suicide, an autopsy is still pending for Utsinger, who lived in Downey, according to the coroner’s office.

A source familiar with the investigation but not authorized to discuss it said Utsinger’s body was found inside the police station’s locker room.
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Monday, April 15, 2019

Woman found dead at Arlington National Cemetery apparent suicide

Woman Dies in Apparent Suicide at Arlington National Cemetery
By Patricia Kime
15 Apr 2019

A woman died by apparent suicide Monday at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, just yards from Joint Base Henderson Hall-Fort Myer.
Arlington National Cemetery, shown May 17, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)

The death took place near the Confederate Memorial in the western portion of the cemetery, according to a report by local news outlet ARLnow.

Emergency responders from the base and Arlington County were called to the scene, according to reports.

"We are deeply saddened to learn about the apparent suicide in the cemetery earlier today," Arlington National Cemetery spokesman Timothy Lawson said Monday. "Our thoughts are with the family at this time."

Lawson could not provide information on the deceased and did not say whether the person was affiliated with the military or the cemetery. The location in which she died is easily accessible through Fort Myer, the home of the 3rd Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard -- the regiment that stands vigil at Arlington's Tomb of the Unknowns and serves as the U.S. Army's main ceremonial unit.
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Veteran Found Dead at Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center

Veteran's death outside Phoenix VA hospital investigated as possible suicide
AZ Central
Chris McCrory, The Republic
October 20, 2017

Phoenix police were investigating the death of a veteran who may have taken his own life outside Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center, officials said.

Police said the death was reported as a "self-inflicted gunshot wound" near the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department building on Friday morning.

The incident "happened outside the facility and was not done in sight of or around other people," said Paul Coupaud, a spokesman for the Phoenix VA Health Care System.

The agency urged any veteran experiencing a crisis, or family members concerned about a veteran's mental health, to contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255. This line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Police had not released the man's name by Friday afternoon.
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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Joint Base Lewis McChord Soldier Killed By Train

Death of JBLM soldier hit by train investigated as suicide
The Olympian
Staff writer
October 22, 2015

The death of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier who died Thursday after he was hit by a train is being investigated as a suicide, DuPont police said Friday.

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train hit the man about 10 a.m. when he was on the tracks roughly 2 miles south of an area called Solo Point along the water near DuPont.
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

After son died at school, Mom warns others about chocking game

Fort Carson mom believes son died from choking game
FOX 31 Denver
by Stephanie Wolf
March 22, 2014

FORT CARSON, Colo. — A Fort Carson mom spoke out to say that she believes her son did not commit suicide, but that his death was the result of a choking game played in a middle school bathroom.

Kristina Fields lost her son, Luie, on Valentine’s Day, according to Colorado Springs’ KRDO.

Luie was found after lunch unresponsive in the boy’s bathroom at the Carson Middle School.

“They found him with his belt around his neck,” Kristina told KRDO. “They all think he killed himself, so they all jumped to the conclusion that he was bullied.”

Yet, Kristina said it didn’t make sense to her. She didn’t believe Luie was an unhappy child as he showed no signs of depression.

A week after Luie’s death, Kristina recounted checking the messages on her phone and found one from her son that was an accidental call, a “butt dial.”

While the message was difficult to understand, Kristina told KRDO she could hear Luie talking about a friend choking him.
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Fort Carson Middle school student died at school

Friday, December 7, 2012

Nurse at Duchess Kate's hospital who was hoaxed by DJs found dead

MSNBC just reported on TV that the nurse was having a hard time after this and committed suicide. She dedicated her life to taking care of people and this stunt was truly sickening before this.
Nurse at Duchess Kate's hospital who was hoaxed by DJs found dead
By Ian Johnston
NBC News

Updated at 11 a.m. ET: A nurse duped by a prank call made to the hospital where Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, was treated for an extreme form of morning sickness was found dead Friday morning, the hospital said in a statement.

Two Australian DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian of Sydney station 2Day FM, pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles and were put through to the ward.

They were then given an update on Kate’s health by a nurse.

It wasn't clear what role the nurse found dead Friday played in the incident.

The woman’s body was found at an address in Weymouth Street, London, which is around the corner from King Edward VII Hospital on Beaumont Street. Police described the circumstance of her death as "unexplained."

“It is with very deep sadness that we confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff, Jacintha Saldanha,” said the statement, which was released by the hospital's public relations firm.
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Sunday, December 2, 2012

New Jersey suicide victim was an Army veteran, outdoorsman

Franklin suicide victim was an Army veteran, outdoorsman
New Jersey Herald
December 1, 2012

FRANKLIN — With much public attention on Michael John Elekes' final tragic hours, his survivors sought to portray a fuller picture of his life in an obituary released to the media Nov. 30.

Elekes, 53, fatally shot himself Nov. 19 inside the Auche Drive home he shared with his parents, hours after shooting his mother, who survived, and holding his father hostage.

Following a private memorial service — the date was not disclosed — his family offered some insights into the lifelong Franklin resident, grandfather, U.S. Army veteran, heavy equipment operator and accomplished outdoorsman.

Michael Elekes, in 1991, donated a kidney to his elder brother, James, who has diabetes.

Several years later, he organized a blood drive when James required open-heart surgery, "offering to donate vascular material should it be required for James to complete successful surgery," according to the obituary prepared by his family and released Friday by F. John Ramsey Funeral Home in Franklin.

The Sussex County Prosecutor's Office has not disclosed a motive in connection with the standoff at 30 Auche Drive, which lasted for more than seven hours and drew approximately 70 law enforcement officers.

Anna Elekes, 77, was wounded in the abdomen and leg — possibly with birdshot, according to Franklin Police Detective Nevin Mattessich — upon fleeing the house when three Franklin police officers pulled up outside her home around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18.

She had called 9-1-1 to report her son was threatening her with a shotgun.

Elekes, at some point during a seven-hour standoff, released his 79-year-old father, James.
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Friday, November 2, 2012

Secret Service mourning loss of agent after suspected suicide

Source: Secret Service agent dead of apparent suicide
By Carol Cratty
November 1, 2012
Rafael Prieto was a 20-year veteran of the Secret Service
He was assigned to President Obama's protective detail
Authorities were looking into a suspected long-term relationship with a foreign national

"Rafael Prieto had a distinguished 20-year career with the Secret Service that was marked by accomplishment, dedication, and friendships," said Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan. "The Secret Service is mourning the loss of a valued colleague."
A law enforcement source says his death last Saturday was an apparent suicide Washington (CNN) -- A Secret Service agent suspected of having a romantic relationship with a Mexican woman is dead of an apparent suicide, a law enforcement official told CNN Thursday.

The source said Rafael Prieto, 48, was assigned to President Obama's protective detail. The Secret Service confirmed Thursday that Prieto's death last Saturday is currently being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, along with the medical examiner's office. No official determination of death has been made.

Prieto's access to Secret Service facilities had been suspended while authorities were looking into his apparently unreported and long-term relationship with a foreign national, the law enforcement official said.

"There is nothing to indicate that any classified or sensitive information was compromised as a result of this relationship," according to the source.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Man found dead after suspected suicide at Camp Pendleton

Camp Pendleton suicide victim was retired sailor

Civilian dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound at Camp Pendleton Memorial Golf Course
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
Issue 37, Volume 16.

CAMP PENDLETON - A civilian died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound today at Memorial Golf Course on the grounds of Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps reported.

Military medics pronounced the man dead at the scene of the shooting shortly after 10:30 a.m., according to a statement from the northern San Diego County USMC installation. His name was withheld pending family notification.

It was not immediately clear what might have led to the gunfire.

The golf course, which is open to the public as well as active-duty personnel, was closed pending further notice, Marine Corps Capt. Barry Edwards said.
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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Fort Lee probes 4 deaths, possible suicides, average had been 1 a year

Fort Lee probes 4 deaths, possible suicides
The Associated Press Posted : Sunday Sep 2, 2012

PETERSBURG, Va. — Fort Lee is investigating whether four deaths this year were suicides.

If they were, the deaths would represent a sharp increase in the number of suicides reported annually by the base.

The Progress-Index reports that the Army post has averaged 1.1 suicides per year over the past decade.
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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Army sergeant still missing after jumping off Carnival cruise ship

UPDATE September 2, 2012
Army investigating Fort Stewart soldier missing at sea

Army sergeant still missing after jumping off Carnival cruise ship
By Arelis R. Hernández and Susan Jacobson
Orlando Sentinel
August 29, 2012

Military officials today identified the man who jumped off a Carnival cruise ship Tuesday as an Army soldier stationed in Fort Stewart, Ga.

Sgt. Ronald Kemp, 31, is assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division, according to Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Air Force reservists are still searching for Kemp, who was last seen by Carnival security jumping off the top deck of the ship Tuesday into the waters off the Volusia County coast.

Larson said Kemp's family was notified immediately and Army officials are providing support.

Officials wouldn't speculate on the possible reasons Kemp jumped.

Kemp is an Iraq war veteran, having served two tours overseas. He was assigned to the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield in September 2010 and has been stateside ever since, officials said.

A security guard said he saw Kemp leap from the 10th deck of the into the water 87 feet below at about 2 a.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard said.
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Apparent suicide victim found dead "had military badge" on car

Apparent suicide victim found dead in vehicle in WindanSea parking lot late this morning

The body of an unidentified man who is believed to have committed suicide was found in a red Pontiac in WindanSea Beach parking lot by locals about 11 a.m. this morning.

They reported it to police who immediately cordoned off the parking lot.

Kennedy said the victim “had a current military badge on his car,” and added the gun those who found him saw “looked lik an issued weapon.”
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Couple commits suicide at Chapel where they married 40 years ago

40 years ago they took their vows but whatever happened between then and now may remain a mystery. Whatever happened to them ended when they traveled across the country to end their lives where they began.

Las Vegas couple commits suicide together outside Florida chapel where they married 40 years ago


Friday, July 29th 2011, 2:07 PM


When death did them part, Patricia and Bruce Wright were together at the Florida church where they wed 40 years earlier.

The Las Vegas couple, after a 2,400-mile odyssey, committed suicide side-by-side beneath an oak tree at the Friendship United Methodist Church.

"It was a romantic tragedy," their nephew, Daniel Johnson, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

"Life started for the two of them there, and that's officially where life ended for them."

Bruce Wright, 60, put a shotgun to his head while wife Patricia, 57, used a rifle to inflict her fatal wound, said Bob Carpenter, spokesman for the Charlotte County, Fla., sheriff's office.
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Las Vegas couple commits suicide

Friday, August 20, 2010

New school year starts off with suicide investigation at UCF

Suspicious death at University of Central Florida

By Susan Jacobson, Orlando Sentinel

3:38 p.m. EDT, August 20, 2010

University of Central Florida officials are investigating a suspicious death that just occurred in one of the parking lots.

Officials think it may have been a suicide.

The deceased person was found in a car in the Apollo parking lot, officials said. Details are still emerging.
Suspicious death at University of Central Florida

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Man Accused In Shooting Suffered From PTSD

Family Members: Man Accused In Shooting Suffered From PTSD

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Family members said the man accused of shooting his two neighbors and then killing himself spent three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Police identified the gunman in Wednesday night’s shooting as 27-year-old Dennis Dugger.

Gwinnett County police said Dugger, who lived in the Indian Trail Apartment Homes, shot several rounds into the ceiling of his apartment leading into the victims’ apartment because he was upset with the amount of noise the couple was making.
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Man Accused In Shooting Suffered From PTSD

Friday, October 9, 2009

Another suicide from Cold Spring bridge makes 5 for year

Another suicide from Cold Spring bridge

Staff report Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2009 4:55 pm
A Santa Paula woman died early this morning after she jumped from the Cold Spring Canyon Bridge on Highway 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley, said Drew Sugars, spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.

The woman has been identified as Nancy Bright, 59.
Today's death at the bridge marks there second apparent suicide at the Cold Spring Canyon Bridge in just over a week, and the fifth suicide at the bridge for the year, according to Sugars.

On Sept. 30, 28-year-old Robert Silva of Santa Barbara apparently jumped off the bridge to his death.

Earlier in the day on Sept. 30, deputies were able to convince a person not to jump off the bridge, Sugars said.
Another suicide from Cold Spring bridge

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Vietnam vet, Iraq vet, hero and chaplain killed himself, police say

Cpl. Eric C. Schwartz / Marine Corps Naval Cmdr. Dennis Rocheford, a Catholic chaplain with II Marine Expeditionary Force, serves communion to 1st Lt. Steven Rubeo, a supply officer with Headquarters and Support Company, Task Force 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, in 2007 at St. Michael's Chapel, Camp Al Qa'im, Iraq. The Navy Reserve chaplain and former enlisted Marine died Sept. 10 of an apparent suicide in Newport, R.I.

Reserve chaplain killed himself, police say

By Mark D. Faram - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Sep 22, 2009 15:35:18 EDT

A decorated reserve Navy chaplain who served with Marines and soldiers in Iraq in 2007 died of an apparent suicide Sept. 10, according to police.

Cmdr. Dennis J. Rocheford, 60, a Catholic priest and former enlisted Marine, jumped to his death from the Newport Bridge in Rhode Island, according to Capt. James Swanberg, with the Rhode Island State Police.

Swanberg said the police were called at 8 a.m. with the report of a parked car in the bridge’s center lane.

“When the officer arrived on the scene, he went to the side of the bridge, looked over and saw a body face down in the water,” Swanberg said.

Coast Guard and fire units pulled the body from the water and unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate him. Rocheford was later pronounced dead at Newport Hospital, Swanberg said, adding that he had not received results of the autopsy as of Tuesday.

He said a witness saw Rocheford walk from his car to the edge of the bridge and look over, but did not see him jump.

At the time of his death, Rocheford was on medical leave from St. Anne’s parish in North Oxford, Mass. He was also serving as a Catholic chaplain at Naval Station Newport, said Ray Deslile, spokesman for the Diocese of Worchester where Rocheford was assigned.
Rocheford served as an enlisted Marine from 1966 until 1969, when he got out as a lance corporal. A Vietnam veteran, he deployed to Quang Tri Province.

Personnel records show he earned a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He was also twice awarded the Combat Action Ribbon along with the Navy and Marine Corps and Army Commendation Medals.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Iraq vet kills himself in Washington, D.C.

Iraq vet kills himself in Washington, D.C.
By Leo Shane III, Stars and Stripes
European edition, Saturday, September 19, 2009
WASHINGTON — A 19-year-old man who committed suicide on the Washington, D.C., subway system on Sunday was an Iraq war veteran recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Army officials confirmed.

Pfc. Joshua Fueston, a native of Washington state, was killed when he threw himself in front of an oncoming train at a downtown station. Metro officials ruled his death a suicide based on witness reports and video of the incident.
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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Actor David Carradine has been found dead

David Carradine dead, hanging in closet
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NEW: Actor was found in a Bangkok hotel hanging by a rope in a closet, police say

NEW: Rope was believed taken from the hotel room curtains, police say

Carradine became famous in the 1970s after starring in the TV series "Kung Fu"

Carradine, 72, was also known as "Bill" in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" films

Actor David Carradine has been found dead, hanging by a nylon rope in a hotel room closet in Bangkok, Thailand, according to a Thai police official. The rope was believed taken from hotel room curtains, Bangkok Police Col. Pirom Chanpirom said. Investigators found no signs of forced entry, he said. full story


Carradine's body to return home, while questions remain
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NEW: David Carradine's family orders autopsy when body returns to United States

Actor's family, manager dispute suicide theory

Carradine found hanging by rope in Bangkok hotel closet, police say

By Alan Duke

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- David Carradine's wife and his manager disputed suggestions that the actor's death was a suicide, while rescue workers and police in Bangkok, Thailand, said the actor's neck and genitals were found bound with rope.

After Carradine's body arrives back to the United States this weekend, an autopsy ordered by Carradine's family will be conducted, according to the actor's co-manager.

"They're doing everything possible to get to the bottom of what really happened," said Carradine's co-manager Tiffany Smith.

Carradine, 72, became famous in the 1970s when he portrayed the traveling Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in the television series "Kung Fu."

Bangkok police said Carradine was found hanging by a nylon rope in a Bangkok hotel room closet Thursday morning.

He was the star of "Kung Fu" TV series; also known as "Bill" in "Kill Bill" films
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