Benicia Man Shoots Himself During Eviction, Dies in Hospital

By Bay City News Service
A 59-year-old Benicia man shot himself this morning during an eviction process and later died at a hospital, a police lieutenant said.

Three Solano County Sheriff's deputies tried to evict the homeowner from his residence in the 1400 block of George Court in west Benicia around 10:25 a.m., Benicia police Lt. Frank Hartig said.

The deputies explained the eviction process when they contacted the man at the front door, Hartig said.

The man then told the deputies he had to attend to one of his pets inside and closed the front door, Hartig said. The deputies were standing on the front porch when they heard an indiscernible noise they thought came from the garage of the residence, Hartig said.

The deputies knocked on the unlocked door and went inside when they received no response, Hartig said. They found the man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the living room, and called Benicia Fire Department paramedics and police, Hartig said.

The man was taken to Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center where he died, Hartig said.

The names of the deputies are not being released, Hartig and Solano County sheriff's Deputy Daryl Snedeker said.

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Danny DeMars March 14, 2014 at 07:25 PM
Deadbeat. Pay your bills and you won't get evicted people.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" March 14, 2014 at 08:39 PM
Danny DeMars March 14, 2014 at 07:25 PM Deadbeat. Pay your bills and you won't get evicted people. ................................ Said GOD as Danny Demars tries to enter the PEARLIE GATES!!!!
Alison Fleck March 14, 2014 at 10:57 PM
Danny, if you can not show some compassion, please keep your thoughts to yourself.
Chris Kapsalis March 15, 2014 at 10:33 AM
He was 59 and may have come on hard times, thogh I do not blame the land lord. You have to pay property taxes etc. But still, we need a safety net. Seriously. So no one fear being kicked to the street. Hard times or not. BTW, but for the grace of God go I, any of us. You can work hard for years,. Things can happen. To any of us. I cannot imagine, and this is very sad. It is stories like this that make me rethink my own life. And excesses I may have, also what I might take for granted, and not take them for granted. I would be all for a luxury and or sin tax for money for this safety net. If we want a vacation home or things we do not really need, pay a little more for it and have the money help these people. And maybe us someday. Life can throw you some curve balls..
Nathan Salant March 17, 2014 at 12:48 AM
Poor guy. RIP.


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