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Man kills self in Port O'Connor to avoid going to jail

By BY DIANNA WRAY
Nov. 2, 2010 at 6:02 a.m.
Updated Nov. 3, 2010 at 6:03 a.m.


PORT O'CONNOR - A man shot himself to death Tuesday after deputies attempted to arrest him on outstanding warrants.

The Calhoun County Sheriff's Department received a call about a suspicious person on Tuesday afternoon, and a sheriff's deputy went to investigate, Sheriff B.B. Browning said.

The deputy checked the man's identification and found there were warrants for his arrest.

The man fled when approached by the deputy. The deputy, joined by an investigator from the sheriff's department, pursued the man.

When the man appeared again he had a pistol, Browning said.

He climbed the stairs to a house on the corner of Adams Avenue and Fifth Street, Browning said, telling the police he wouldn't go back to jail.

"He kept telling us to shoot him, but we weren't going to do that," Browning said.

The man then turned the weapon on himself, Browning said.

Constables from Precincts 4 and 5 assisted the sheriff's office, Browning said.

Browning declined to give any more details about the incident, because the man's family had not yet been notified.

Justice of the Peace Nancy Pomykal held an inquest and pronounced him dead at the scene.

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