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Man dies from suspected self-inflicted shot on Freedom Boulevard

Modified: Sunday, Dec 30th, 2012

American Medical Response personnel and flight nurses from Calstar load a shooting victim into a waiting helicopter at Watsonville Community Hospital Saturday for transport to an out-of-area trauma center. (Photo by Todd Guild/Register-Pajaronian).

WATSONVILLE A Watsonville man was found slumped over in his vehicle with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Saturday afternoon on Freedom Boulevard, Watsonville Police Sgt. Henry Robles said.

The man later died at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Sgt. Brian Ridgway said Sunday.

According to Robles, the 23-year-old Hispanic man had apparently stopped his white Cadillac CTS in the number two northbound lane of Freedom Boulevard at Airport Boulevard, just before the stoplight.

The victim was discovered by Watsonville Fire personnel who came upon a traffic tie-up caused by the stopped vehicle, Robles said.

The Watsonville Fire Department began to assist the motorist when they observed blood inside the vehicle and a handgun lying on the man's lap.

The Watsonville Police Department was dispatched to the scene to secure the weapon. The man was found breathing and suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head. He was flown by air ambulance to a medical facility in Santa Clara.

The investigation is continuing, but the gunshot wound appears to be self-inflicted, Robles said.

The victim has not been identified, pending notification to family members.

Freedom Boulevard was closed from Airport Boulevard to Roache Road for approximately two hours.

This case is under investigation. The Watsonville Police Department encourages anyone with information about this case to call the Watsonville Police Department Crime Tip line at 728-3544 or Detective Bailey at 768-3358.

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