Saddest story ever. A Colorado Springs man, age 74, called 911 to report "a suicide" yesterday, and horrifyingly, it turns out the suicide was his own. When the 911 dispatcher asked for more details about the suicide he was reporting, the man said, "Hold your ears" and then a gun went off.
When police arrived on the scene, they found the man dead, a .38-caliber pistol in his hand. There were also notes with funeral arrangements and wishes for his property.
In 2008, a report by the National Association of County & City Health Officials found Colorado Springs to have the second highest suicide rate in the nation -- second only to Las Vegas. The report found that 26 out of every 100,000 people in Colorado Springs killed themselves. Depression appeared to be a common factor, but in the case of this individual, illness or pain combined with depression may have played a big part. Police noted the man was being treated for several medical conditions.
Please remember depression can be treated, and in some cases, untreated depression can lead to suicide. If someone you love seems depressed or hopeless, hints they won't be around long, or isn't taking part in the activities they used to enjoy doing, consult his or her doctor for help immediately.
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