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Police: Man Commits Suicide in Kendall Courthouse Parking Lot

The man, who has not been identified, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to police

Sheriff’s police are investigating an apparent suicide after a man was found dead in the parking lot of the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville.

Deputy Craig French said police responded to the parking lot at 1:46 p.m. after receiving a 911 call regarding a man with a gun.

“When deputies arrived, they found a man on the ground who appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound to the head,” French said in a press release.

Police said surveillance video from the courthouse showed the man standing with a shotgun just outside his car, which was parked on the far west side of the lot.

French said the man put the shotgun to his head and fired a single shot.

“The man was by himself at the time … he took his life,” the press release said. No one else was injured.

"At this point, we do not have any record that he had any criminal or civil court dates today at the courthouse,” French said. “He never went into the courthouse."

Police are not releasing the man’s identity pending notification of his family.

Editor's note: Oswego Patch editor Natalie Stevens contributed to this report.

Mark Wells March 03, 2013 at 10:26 AM
It turns out the man was charged with 3 "crimes" about 2 years ago, all misdemeanors. I don't understand the charges, but it had to do with burying an animal on his property. Maybe his dog died or something. He also went through a very rough divorce a year ago.
Mark Wells March 03, 2013 at 10:27 AM
My point was that he chose this spot for a reason. That reason is Kendall county justice, or injustice depending on which side of the table you sit at.
Mark Wells March 03, 2013 at 10:31 AM
It turns out the man was charged with 3 "crimes" about 2 years ago, all misdemeanors. I don't understand the charges, but it had to do with burying an animal on his property. Maybe his dog died or something. He also went through a very rough divorce a year ago.
Mark Wells March 03, 2013 at 10:32 AM
It turns out the man was charged with 3 "crimes" about 2 years ago, all misdemeanors. I don't understand the charges, but it had to do with burying an animal on his property. Maybe his dog died or something. He also went through a very rough divorce a year ago.
Mark Wells March 03, 2013 at 10:34 AM
I am not saying the man was a criminal (as a few people have said). I suspected he may have been aggressively prosecuted for something relatively minor and indeed he was. It turns out the man was charged with 3 "crimes" about 2 years ago, all misdemeanors. I don't understand the charges, but it had to do with burying an animal on his property. Maybe his dog died or something. He also went through a very rough divorce a year ago.

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