Archive for Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Authorities release name of suicide victim

September 26, 2006

A 40-year-old Baldwin man apparently shot and killed himself late Monday night while Douglas County sheriff's deputies were trying to serve an arrest warrant on him for forged checks, Sheriff Ken McGovern said this afternoon.

He identified the man as Leonard Ray Collins, of 315 Fourth St. in Baldwin. Two sheriff's deputies and a supervisor went to the home shortly after 11 p.m. to help the Baldwin Police Department serve the warrant on him. When they arrived, McGovern said, they saw a man outside the home and recognized him from photographs as Collins.

McGovern said that Collins went into the home, and deputies pursued. At the door, they met Collins' wife and two children, who were removed from the home.

During a search of the home, two deputies encountered a locked bathroom door. They knocked on the door and a male voice inside said "Hold on a sec," immediately before a single gunshot sounded. The deputies then forced open the door and found Collins alone with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the head, according to the sheriff's office.

They found a semi-automatic handgun in the room, McGovern said.

The shooting happened less than 48 hours after Lawrence Police shot and killed a suicidal woman who police say had fired at them during a standoff at Mobile Village trailer park, 110 N. Michigan St.

Collins hadn't lived in the area long and had a five-count felony warrant from Pottawatomie County, Okla., McGovern said.

McGovern said that as a precaution, the deputies involved have been placed on paid administrative leave because of their proximity to the shooting.

Witnesses report that a helicopter ambulance landed near Liston Stadium at around 1 a.m. An ambulance had taken the shooting victim there from the 300 block of Fourth Street. Collins died en route to a Kansas City area hospital, sheriff's officials said.

No other details on the shooting are available. The Signal will update this story online as more information becomes available and there will be a story and photos in Thursday's Signal.

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