Hattiesburg police investigating downtown public suicide
Hattiesburg police investigate an apparent suicide on Main Street Friday afternoon.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
Hattiesburg Police are investigating the death of woman who apparently shot herself in broad daylight in the middle of downtown during the evening rush hour Friday. City officials say a woman got out of a taxi and shot herself in the head with a handgun on Main Street, in between Pine and Front Street.
The Forrest County Coroner's Office said she died at the hospital shortly thereafter.
Police officials say they got the call at about 5:40 p.m.
One entire block of Main Street was closed while the scene was investigated.
Sources tell us the victim may have been a woman in her early 20s from Jones County who was reported missing by relatives late Thursday night. Those same sources say she may have left a suicide note at her home.
They also say her name was added to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer system Friday morning.