Man commits suicide near Church Hill park

Rain Smith • Mar 31, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Church Hill Police Chief Mark Johnson has confirmed calls from the public to the Times-News, stating a man killed himself Tuesday just outside a city park.

According to Johnson, the suicide occurred at about 11 a.m. at the dead end of VFW Road on the edge of the Holston River. The location is just past the VFW athletic fields and a couple of hundred yards south of Derrick Park.

Police said the victim is an adult white male and that a self-inflicted handgun shot to the head appears to be the cause of death.

Johnson said police received calls on the shooting from walkers in the park, who heard the shot, then saw the man lying beside his truck.

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