Man Kills Self in Front of City Council after Zoning Decision

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A city council meeting in Tennessee took a shocking turn Thursday.

Witnesses say a business owner shot and killed himself after members of the Clarksville City Council denied his request to rezone his property.

Ronald Ward owned a barber shop and told the council his business would go under if he couldn't get his home rezoned as commercial.

After the council voted, Ward approached the members saying, "Y'all have put me under. I'm out of here." He then shot himself in the head with a small handgun.

Police and fire officials immediately escorted the 50 or so people attending the meeting into a hallway. Some were sobbing.

One councilman says he doesn't think anyone could have stopped the man from shooting himself.

Clarksville's mayor vows no more council meetings will be held in that room.

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