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Pine Bluff man shoots himself in front of officers, dies

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published March 4, 2014 at 9:48 a.m.

A man who shot himself in the chest after flagging down authorities in Pine Bluff has died, authorities said Tuesday.

The Pine Bluff Police Department said 65-year-old Glendale Head shortly before 4 p.m. flagged down two officers from his car, which was stopped at Dollarway Road and Moreland Street.

Head was sitting in the car with the door open as the officers approached it and asked whether he was all right. Head started to get up, and both officers drew their weapons when they noticed Head had a gun in his hand, according to a police report.

"Mr. Head turned the barrel towards his chest and fired one round," Officer Keith Wright wrote in the report. "Mr. Head was leaning against the door of the vehicle. I hollered put the gun on the ground, Mr. Head refused."

Officers took the gun away and called for an ambulance before moving Head onto the ground by his car, the report said.

"As we were placing Mr. Head on the ground he stated 'I need one more.'" Wright wrote, noting he asked Head what was wrong and why he shot himself. "He did not respond to any of my questions."

Head was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center and died a short time after the shooting.

Officer Richard Wegner said Tuesday that police are still unsure why Head turned the weapon on himself.

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shadylarry says... March 4, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

That crack and ripple will get ya

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BillyJonesBluez says... March 4, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.

...does this sound believable to you? ...he flagged the police down to watch him commit suicide? ...I find that "story" very hard to digest. ...no wonder they call that city "Crime Bluff".

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LAlaw says... March 4, 2014 at 1:09 p.m.

Crazier things have happened, @BillyJonesBluez--but you should know that since you "grew up in the ghetto". Yes, Pine Bluff has a high crime rate based on per capita data but North Little Rock is no better!!!!!!

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RBBrittain says... March 4, 2014 at 5:44 p.m.

@Bluez: He probably preferred suicide by cop, but the PB cops wouldn't oblige him so he had to do it himself. (Either that or he didn't understand what "suicide by cop" means.)

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beachbandit says... March 5, 2014 at 6:06 a.m.

He accomplished what he set out to do, sucks to be him

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turebeliever says... March 5, 2014 at 7:12 a.m.

He was a good man he just had bad depression! He also had alzheimers he was taking 26 different meds a day! His family didnt want anything to do with him if they talk to him they where asking him for money! He worked for evergreen for 48 years then retired!!! He just had alot of problems his main problem is he felt alone! But the man was one of the sweetest men I know he would give you the shirt off his back!

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onlyfair says... March 5, 2014 at 11:09 a.m.

"Truebeliever" I am glad to hear that he was a good person but sad to hear how he died. I am sorry that he suffered from depression and other illnesses. Depression can be a horrible illness! I have known both BLACK and WHITE, RICH and POOR to die this way. Depression does not pick the poor or the person of color. I am sure we all know someone who has a mental illness.

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