Howard man found dead on firehouse lawn Shotgun was used in apparent suicide

August 21, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A Howard County man apparently committed suicide yesterday afternoon with a 20-gauge shotgun on the lawn of the Maryland City Fire Station, Anne Arundel County officials said.

Police have not released the man's identity, pending notification of kin.

County firefighters who found the man at first mistook him for a mannequin, then a sunbather as they walked toward the body, lying spread-eagled on the back lawn. When they got close, they saw that the man was pale and had a hole in his shirt, said Ray Smallwood, chief of the station.

The man was dead when rescue workers arrived, Smallwood said.

Firefighters speculated that the man leaned into the barrel of the gun and muffled the sound of the shot.

Smallwood said he and other firefighters were at the station about noon when the incident apparently occurred, but they heard nothing.

Firefighters said they found a bottle of Coca-Cola and a pack of cigarettes in the woods about 50 yards from the body.

A gun case bearing the initials RIA was found nearby.

Pub Date: 8/21/96

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