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NCJ Number: 148149 Find in a Library
Title: Firearm Suicides During Confrontations with Police
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:39  Issue:2  Dated:(March 1994)  Pages:402-411
Author(s): R C Harruff; A L Llewellyn; M A Clark; D A Hawley; J E Pless
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 10
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The case records of suicides by firearms in Marion County (Ind.) and surrounding counties from 1984 through 1992 were reviewed to determine the characteristics of those occurring during confrontations with the police.
Abstract: Among 1,203 suicides, 14 took place when armed, on-duty police officers were confronting, pursuing, or apprehending the individual. All of these individuals were males. The peak age range was 30-34 years. The head, especially the right temple, was the usual site of the fatal wound. More than half the incidents started as domestic disputes with a wife or other female friend. Many of the others occurred when police officers pursued or arrested a suspect wanted for a previous felony. Alcohol was involved in less than half of the cases; drugs were not a factor. In at least four cases, the presence of police was a factor that precipitated the suicide. The histories of the 14 cases demonstrate the potential for controversy and the challenges for forensic sciences investigating suicides during police confrontations. Table, photographs, and 22 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Police-citizen interactions
Index Term(s): Firearms; Indiana; Suicide causes; Suicide prevention
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