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Shooting in hospital bed was suicide, KC police say

Updated: 2013-07-31T02:40:02Z

Kansas City police on Tuesday confirmed a man found shot to death in a hospital bed at Truman Medical Center committed suicide.

A nurse noticed a burning odor, which was later determined to be from gunpowder, on the fourth floor about 11 a.m. Saturday. She discovered a 59-year-old man in bed bleeding from the nose. He was later pronounced dead. He had multiple serious illnesses, said police Capt. Tye Grant.

It was then that hospital staff discovered a small handgun under the man’s arm.

Christine Vendel, cvendel@kcstar.com

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