Man found dead from self-inflicted gunshot at Point Mallard Park

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) — Thursday afternoon just before 1 p.m., Decatur police received a call about a man with a gun sitting on a park bench at a Point Mallard Park public walking and hiking trail. Upon arrival, officers and paramedics found him on the ground, dead.

During the investigation, officers determined he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

If you are considering taking your life, please call the Alabama Department of Public Health’s suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

You can also call Crisis Services of North Alabama – the HELPline offers a trained worker and caring crisis counselor who can provide a listening ear and help you see options for change.  Call (256) 716-1000.


    • TruthLivesHere

      Blah, blah, blah, and more blah. Here’s Say What : “If we prohibited driving, no one would die in automobile accidents. If we prohibited shaving, no one would cut themselves with razors. If we prohibited eating, no one would get choked.” So on and so forth. I had a professor in college that made this joke one time, “9 out of 10 people with hemorrhoids use toilet paper, therefore toilet paper must cause hemorrhoids”. As I said, this was a joke, not an actual statistic. So don’t start telling us about Australia’s toilet paper use.

  • LAC

    You are wrong say what. Suicide in Australia is a major problem and just hit a 10 year high. The rate is not much lower than America 11/100,000 for America to 10/100,000 for Australia. A simple search of the ABS, (Australia Bureau of Statistics shows that 7 people in Australia commit suicide daily. The same agency also estimates that for every single actual suicide there are 30 attempts.

    You can says I made all that up but anyone with half a brain that is interested in knowing that your anti America, anti-gun rhetoric is false can simply google Australia suicide stats and look at the Australia Bureau of Statistics.

  • Am

    This isn’t the platform for gun control debate. A wonderful caring man passed away today and those who loved him are grieving.

  • Ms Frost

    If Australia is so wonderful why are you here and not there?? A man died. Show some respect for him and his family.

  • Harry Martin

    Sitting in a public park with a gun in his hand? The man was asking for help, and nobody did! What a shame people!

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