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Police: Fatal shooting likely suicide

Andy Ouriel • Feb 6, 2014 at 1:53 PM

A fatal shooting inside a Columbus Avenue home late Wednesday was likely a suicide, Perkins police said.

“There’s no indication there was any type of foul play,” Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar said. “But we’re doing everything we can to determine that’s what happened.”

The victim was pronounced dead at Firelands Regional Medical Center at about 11 p.m.

Police and paramedics went to the home, at the corner of Cedar Brook Lane and Columbus Avenue, at about 9 p.m., after dispatchers received a call about a man who sustained a gunshot wound to the head.

At the scene, paramedics were seen performing chest compressions on the victim, who was motionless on a stretcher prior to being loaded into the ambulance and taken to the hospital. 

Klamar did not provide names of those involved, although he said no one had been arrested.

A woman and two children were taken to the police station for questioning.

“We will hear what the witnesses have to say,” Klamar said. “At this point, all we know was it was just him and her in the bedroom and the kids in another room. The kids heard the shot. The mom shut the doors, presumably because she didn’t want anyone to see.”

The victim apparently shot himself with a semiautomatic handgun, police said, and the bullet exited his head and went through the home’s front window.

There are no homes in front of the house, so police do not suspect the bullet did any further damage. 

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