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Nebraska Man Shoots Himself After Exchange With Springfield Police


The Illinois State Police and Sangamon County State's Attorney's Office are investigating an incident that happened last Friday around 4:30 pm in the 3400 Block of Freedom Drive. Springfield Police officers arrived on the scene, prompted by a call of a possible suicidal person, and confronted a man with a handgun. After a verbal exchange, 25-year-old Douglas Smith of Bellevue, Nebraska aimed the weapon at the officers, who shot Smith in the lower leg. Smith then turned his handgun on himself and was immediately transported to the hospital where he later died. The Sangamon County Coroner's Office's preliminary results show Smith died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Smith was described as a transient, possibly suicidal and in possession of a weapon.
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