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August 23, 2011
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Man, 50, kills himself in front of officer

David Gardner reportedly left a suicide note and had a warrant issued for his arrest

By PoliceOne Staff

COSTA MESA, Calif. — A man shot and killed himself in front of a police officer on Monday.

Police were questioning David Gardner of Southern California during a routine vehicle check when he abruptly jumped into his car and shot himself with a handgun, according to the The Orange County Register.

According to court records, an arrest warrant was issued for Gardner in connection to a charge of providing false evidence of vehicle registration to a police officer in February, and authorities had been looking for him since May.

Gardner had reportedly left a note threatening to shoot himself in the park.

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