Angler Shoots and Kills Self

Make sure the barrel is empty.

Deputies responded to a Florida fishing camp in Mims, Fla., after receiving a report of a male who committed suicide. The incident was reported by Lucinda Wade, who is a long-time platonic friend of the decedent. She advised police that she and Charles Cooper arrived at the fishing camp the previous day. During the late night hours, both were drinking beer and sitting by a small fire located along the canal.

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Wade advised at one point, that Cooper got up from their location by the fire and walked to a small boat located along the canal. He returned to the fire with a black semi-automatic pistol. At some point along the route back to the fire, Cooper removed the pistol's magazine. He then put the muzzle to the temple and pulled the trigger, causing the pistol to fire.

Units from the Brevard County Sheriff's Office were requested under mutual aid and arrived to find Cooper deceased. Based on Wade's account of the incident, the scene appeared to be consistent with her claims. She also claimed he had been suffering from a newly-diagnosed disease. Watch Commander Lieutenant Marino was notified of the particulars of the case. On call units from CID, Major Case and Crime Scene responded to the scene.

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