Tenn. Barber Commits Suicide During City Council Meeting

A Tennessee barber commits suicide in front of a City Council meeting.

Ronald "Bo" Ward pulled out a gun and shot himself in the head at the Oct. 4 meeting in Clarksville after his request for a rezoning measure was rejected.

Ward wanted the rezoning to increase the property value of his home.

That would have allowed him to secure a loan to offset debt he had incurred when he expanded his barber shop.

One eyewitness described what he saw.

"The gentleman looked at the mayor and said, 'I just want you to know that you've killed me,' and at that time he pulled a gun out of his right pants pocket, stuck it in his mouth and pulled the trigger," the man explained.

Ward was well known for his strong ties to the military community.

In 2004, David Petraeus, former Fort Campbell base commander, sent Ward a postcard during the division's first deployment to Iraq.

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