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Posted: January 9, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Motorist shoots himself in the head

A Norcross man, initially thought to be injured in an auto accident Sunday, reportedly had a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A report from the Covington Police Department said officers were dispatched to the BP gas station on Turner Lake Road around 6:30 a.m. Sunday in reference to a man needing help.

Reports said the man was bleeding from his face and head. Responding officers reportedly found a 37-year-old man sitting on the curb in front of the gas station, screaming in pain.

The report said officers initially were unsure where the man came from, but they found his 2005 Nissan Maxima in the wood line just north of the BP parking lot.

The report said the vehicle had no damage, but an officer observed a large amount of blood on top of the vehicle, on the windshield and in the front compartment. The officer could also see a black pistol, which appeared to be loaded, on the center console near the gear shift.

Additionally, the sunroof windshield had been broken out, and there was glass inside and outside the vehicle, the report said.

When the man was confronted by officers, he reportedly became combative and tried to walk away.

Officers detained the man, and he eventually cooperated with Covington Fire and EMS personnel and got into an ambulance.

Rescue personnel reportedly asked the man what happened, and he replied, "I shot myself because I was trying to go home."

The report said EMS personnel found that the man had a gunshot wound under his chin, with a possible exit wound near his left eye. In addition, the man’s hat, also found at the scene, reportedly had a bullet hole in the bill. The man was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where officials said Thursday he was still recovering from his injuries.

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