A “Suicide” was reported in Murfreesboro on Sunday. WGNS typically does not report suicide related stories however, this case involved multiple bystanders as the incident unfolded in a car. That being said, we will release the details of the incident, but not the names of those involved to protect the identity of the affected family members.
At about 4:30, Sunday morning… a woman was driving her husband in the car when she heard a gunshot. The woman found herself turning into a Mapco Express on Memorial Boulevard after the sound of the gun broke the silence of the morning. The woman looked to her right to see her husband quickly slump forward. Covered in blood she put the car in park running inside the gas station asking the clerk to call 9-1-1.
Police arrived on the scene and noted that the victim, age 27, was dead. His wife told authorities that her husband had previously mentioned thoughts of suicide, but this time, he fully acted on those thoughts killing himself with her by his side.
In Tennessee, the months of March, April, and May have consistently had the highest suicide rate, with 4-6 percent more suicides occurring in these months than during others. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth and young adults in our state. Statistics in Tennessee prove that annual deaths by suicide are about twice that of deaths by homicide. Read more details HERE.
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Crisis Line at (855) CRISIS-1 (274-7471) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and connects callers to their local provider for mental health and/or substance use crisis services.
MPD Incident Report #14-10513
Past WGNS Story on Suicide in Tennessee HERE
Note: Nothing more will be reported on this incident. WGNS respects the family and the loss that they are currently going through.