UPDATE: Shooting in Gallatin County, south of OmahaPosted by Jack Howser on Thursday, June 10th, 2010 @ 6:51 pm.
GALLATIN CO.---Kenneth Wilson, 42, of Maunie, is the victim of an apparent suicide in rural Gallatin County Thursday morning.
Information has been confirmed by official sources as of this morning, 06.11.10.
We received a call from a scanner listener in the Omaha area earlier Thursday that there had been a possible suicide attempt in a rural area south of Omaha, north of what the caller said was Pony Farm road.
There was no other information except that the potential suicide involved a gunshot, that it was a man, and that he was found alive in a truck registered to an older, White County man.
Reportedly, the person who found him was Russ Ramsey, a Gallatin County school board member. Ramsey is said to have noticed a truck having driven off the road and right into a cornfield Ramsey farms. When he went to investigate, thinking a drunk driver had plowed through his growing cornfield, Ramsey found Wilson, still alive, in the cab of his truck with a grievous gunshot wound to the head.
A helicopter flew Wilson out of the area after responders arrived at the scene, but what hospital he was taken to remains unknown; only that it was in Evansville. Wilson, we have been told, was still alive when he was airlifted out, but died later in Evansville, at about 7:30 last night. Because his death officially occurred in Indiana, perhaps there will be a serious investigation into it, unlike many other suicides in Gallatin.
Gallatin readers are encouraged to email us if you know anything else, or post here...we'll work the particulars of it with the officials in the morning when we have time.
Please note that sadly, there have been several such suicide attempts (and successes) in Gallatin in recent months and years...many of them found in a vehicle with a fatal gunshot wound. When this whole Raymond Martin thing kicked off, we said there would be people dropping like flies...although of what, we wouldn't speculate. However, when people just randomly commit suicide...well, that's just easy for a coroner to declare, isn't it? Even if it's a body found in a parking lot behind a bar...or in a stopped vehicle at a stop sign in the middle of town...simple, really...
It doesn't appear that Wilson's suicide is so related, but it's sad, nevertheless. Our sympathies to Mr. Wilson's friends and family.
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