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Norcross man shoots self in head

COVINGTON — A man who officers first believed had been injured in an auto accident was actually suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officers with the Covington Police Department were dispatched to the BP gas station on Turner Lake Road at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday where a 37-year-old Norcross man was reportedly sitting on the curb, bleeding from the face and head, and screaming in pain.

Officers at the scene found the victim’s 2005 Nissan Maxima in the wood line just north of the parking lot, but could see no damage to the car. Officer Jerry Roberts reported that he examined the car and saw a large amount of blood on top of the vehicle, on the windshield and in the front passenger compartment. He also saw a black pistol that appeared to be loaded on the center console of the locked car. Roberts reported that the car’s sunroof was shattered and there was glass inside and outside of the car.

When questioned by officers, the victim became combative and tried to walk away. He was detained by EMS and Covington Fire Department personnel and eventually cooperated in getting into an ambulance. When questioned by a member of the rescue team, the victim reportedly said, “I shot myself because I was trying to go home.”

An examination of the victim revealed that he had what appeared to be a gunshot wound under his chin and a possible exit wound near his left eye. He was transported to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment.

According to police, the victim is expected to recover.