Hancock County

Deputies can only speculate the reason a man shot himself in a traffic stop

Investigators have no idea why a Louisiana man shot himself in the Lakeshore community while he was pulled over on a traffic violation, an official said.

The man was taken to a hospital after the shooting was reported about 7 p.m. Thursday.

“The man was not wanted on any charges, as far as we know,” Hancock County Chief Deputy Don Bass said. “We don’t know why he did it.”

The man was in critical condition Friday at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, Bass said.

A deputy had pulled over a red sport utility vehicle at Lower Bay Road and Lakeshore Road after the driver ran a stop sign at the intersection, Bass said.

The man had pulled over in the parking lot of a vacant property near Kent and Sue’s Quick Stop.

“It was suspected that he was DUI, and deputies were starting a DUI investigation when he reached in his car, pulled out a gun and shot himself,” Bass said.

The man was not physically under arrest at the time, Bass said.

“We’re kind of caught between a rock and a hard place because we don’t know of the underlying facts,” Bass said.

“We’re reviewing video and have talked with a relative and are trying to contact other family in Louisiana.”

The man made no attempt to harm deputies, Bass said.

SunHerald social media editor and assistant digital producer contributed to this report.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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