Man shoots self after collision

July 3, 2013

A 62-year-old Granbury man who had just been involved in a two-vehicle accident near a fast-food restaurant in Cresson Friday shot himself in the head with a shotgun and died at the scene, authorities said.

Witnesses said that the man picked up the gun and intentionally shot himself, according to Hood County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Johnny Rose. Because of that, the Hood County News is not releasing the man’s name.

Rose said the man had been cordial to those he spoke to after the crash, and investigation of the shooting has not revealed any potential cause for the man to have shot himself.

The collision occurred shortly before 6 p.m. in the 9300 block of Highway 377 in the southbound lane, according to DPS Senior Trooper Dub Gillum.

The man was driving a Nissan Sentra that struck a Dodge Ram pickup, according to the DPS report.

Both vehicles pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant. Gillum stated that the man “checked on” the occupants of the Dodge, who reported they had no injuries. He then walked back to his car.

A Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputy who observed the crash stopped and was speaking to the occupants of the Dodge when he heard a gunshot.

The deputy looked and saw the man lying on the ground beside his car. He was pronounced dead at 6:40 p.m. by Hood County Justice of the Peace Judy Watson.

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