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Man that committed suicide identified as Fallbrook resident

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office said this morning that the man that committed suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the upper chest was a Fallbrook resident.

John Sinderhold, 57, was underneath a bridge located on Stewart Canyon Drive near Old Highway 395 when he called 911 Friday, June 18 at about noon. Sinderhold told the emergency line operator that he was going to shoot himself.

"The operator tried to talk with him and be as helpful as possible, but the man insisted he was getting off the phone and would not answer the many call back attempts the dispatcher made to his phone," said Jesse Udovich, of the California Highway Patrol.

Local law enforcement agencies were dispatched to the scene where they found Sinderhold deceased. The Medical Examiner's Office was immediately notified, and shortly afterward they took charge of the scene and investigation.

Sinderhold had left his vehicle nearby with a note taped to the windshield, a witness said.

(previous story Friday, June 18 3:30 p.m.)

Man commits suicide under Stewart Canyon Drive bridge near Old 395

FALLBROOK - A man believed to be in his mid-50s committed suicide shortly after noon today under the bridge located on Stewart Canyon Drive near Old Highway 395.

California Highway Patrol officer Jesse Udovich said the man called 911 at 12:08 p.m. and told the emergency line operator that he was going to commit suicide.

"The operator tried to talk with him and be as helpful as possible, but the man insisted he was getting off the phone and would not answer the many call back attempts the dispatcher made to his phone," said Udovich.

Meanwhile, law enforcement and emergency responders were dispatched to the area.

"The situation first had to be assessed for the safety of the emergency responders, but when a combination of highway patrol and Sheriff's deputies approached the scene, the man had already completed the suicide," explained Udovich.

The man killed himself with a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the upper chest.

The man's car was parked nearby the area the suicide took place.

It was observed that a suicide note had been taped to the windshield.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

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