Sheriff’s Office: Parking lot death was a suicide

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office has concluded that a male found dead in a pickup truck Thursday night in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Warren County died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sheriff Daniel McEathron said in a written statement today that deputies went to the scene at 5:42 p.m. after someone reported seeing the victim slumped over in his truck in the parking lot with “a possible gunshot wound.”

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The incident is being investigated as a suicide at this time,” McEathron said, adding that “no other individuals were involved.”

The store remained opened as deputies blocked off the area in the parking lot where the victim and the pickup truck were found. Deputies placed a yellow crime scene ribbon around the perimeter. Flickering blue lights from Sheriff’s Office squad cars illuminated the scene.

A store employee standing on the sidewalk while on break said she didn’t know what members of the Sheriff’s Office were investigating in the parking lot.

Traffic continued to move normally around the rest of the parking lot. People entered and left the store without interruption. Inside the store, customers continued to shop and make purchases as they would at any other time.

The Sheriff’s Office cleared the scene by 11:34 p.m. McEathron said no further information would be released about the incident.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com