Father shoots self in Bel Air gun shopA 24-year-old...

POLICE BEAT

September 20, 1992

Father shoots self in Bel Air gun shop

A 24-year-old father, apparently despondent over being unemployed, shot himself to death in a county gun shop Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Keith E. Simon of Joppa had entered the Bel Air Gun & Pawn Shop at 208 Baltimore Pike around 4:30 p.m. and asked to see a .38-caliber handgun.

While examining the weapon,Mr. Simon took a bullet from his pants pocket and loaded the gun, said John W. Harkins, Bel Air police spokesman.

After telling a store employee he intended to injure only himself, Mr. Simon placed the barrel in his mouth, police said.

The employee called 911 and told police a man at the shop was threatening to kill himself, police said.

After police arrived, the employee was allowed to leave the shop. Officers talked to Mr. Simon by telephone.

About an hour later, Mr. Simon placed the gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger, police said.

Paramedics from a Bel Air Volunteer Fire Department ambulance treated the wounded man. He was flown by state police MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he died at 9:10 p.m., police said

Mr. Simon, the father of a 3-day-old infant, was despondent over being unemployed, police said.

Bel Air

200 block Foxhall Drive: Vandals damaged a wooden sign. Loss estimated at $1,500.

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Laburnum Road: Damage to a vehicle; theft of hood and hub cap ornaments. Estimated loss: $100.

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