MU police investigate apparent suicide at University Avenue parking garage

Thursday, December 29, 2011 | 4:36 p.m. CST; updated 8:25 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 29, 2011

COLUMBIA — An unidentified man died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in the University Avenue parking garage Thursday, according to MU police.

MU Police Chief Jack Watring said a note left behind by the man led police to believe the death was a suicide. Police also found a gun at the scene, Capt. Scott Richardson said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel, according to police.

Police will not release any more information about the deceased until the family has been notified, Watring said.

Police responded to an 11:40 a.m. call about a medical emergency from the Joint Communications center. At 12:30 p.m., MU police had cordoned off upper levels of the parking garage and were redirecting traffic.

Richardson said the death will remain under investigation until the medical examiner reaches a finding.

A notification about the incident was sent at 12:25 p.m. Thursday through MU's emergency alert system.

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