Man Dies After Shooting Himself Inside Federal Courthouse In Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHNT) – An employee at the federal courthouse in Birmingham shot himself Thursday morning.

An employee went into the Hugo L. Black Federal Courthouse and walked into the Chief Clerk’s office with a gun.  A witness says the man, a middle-aged white male, mumbled something about a will. Then, the man reportedly put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger.

Deputy U.S. Marshals responded, and a specially trained Deputy U.S. marshal Medic performed emergency aid.  The man was rushed to a nearby hospital, where we understand he died.

The FBI and Birmingham Police Department also responded.  The Birmingham Police Department’s Homicide Division is investigating.  

Employees and attorneys were allowed to go back in the courthouse. Authorities say they don’t feel that anyone in the area is in danger. They feel this was an isolated incident.

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