Man Dies From Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound at Arlington National Cemetery

Friday, Jun 20, 2014  |  Updated 8:00 PM EDT
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A man was found shot to death at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.  Police believe he took his own life.  As News4' Darcy Spencer reports, the shooting happened in a special spot honoring 9/11 heroes.

Darcy Spencer

A man was found shot to death at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday. Police believe he took his own life. As News4' Darcy Spencer reports, the shooting happened in a special spot honoring 9/11 heroes.

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A man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

The shooting was reported at 10 a.m. Friday in Section 64, near the Columbarium Courts.

When police arrived, they found a man suffering from a single gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Although we have not completely ruled it out in order to conduct a complete and thorough investigation, we do not suspect foul play at this point in the investigation," said Chris Grey, the spokesman for the Army's Criminal Investigation Command.

The section contains the remains of 50 victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon. It overlooks the Pentagon's west side, where hijackers crashed a commercial airliner into the U.S. Department of Defense headquarters.

The cemetery remains open to visitors and families. Graveside services will go on as planned.

The man has not been identified, but he was not active duty military. An Arlington County police spokesman described him as "elderly."

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