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Death of Brian Barnes, 56, ruled suicide

Last updated: May 31. 2014 12:17AM - 11241 Views
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HANOVER TWP. — A man shot himself in front of a Wilkes-Barre police officer who had issued a traffic citation to him on Carey Avenue near Division Street early Friday morning.


Luzerne County Coroner William Lisman identified the man as Brian Barnes, 56. Lisman pronounced him dead at the scene. An autopsy on Friday determined the cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head; the manner of death was suicide.


The incident happened in Hanover Township near the CVS Pharmacy just across the municipal border of Wilkes-Barre at about 1:30 a.m.


A city police officer stopped the driver for a traffic violation in a parking lot off Carey Avenue. After the officer issued a citation, the driver exited his vehicle and removed a handgun from the rear seat or trunk.


The officer yelled at the man not to harm himself when a single round was discharged.


A state police trooper with the Forensic Services Unit processed the scene.


Lisman and Deputy Coroner Daniel Hughes removed the body.


The autopsy was conducted late Friday afternoon at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital by forensic pathologist Dr. Mary Pascucci.


Township police Chief Al Walker said they are corroborating the investigation with city police and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office.


Times Leader staff writer Steve Mocarsky contributed to this story.


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