Man Dies After Shooting Himself In The Head At A Lake City Pawn Shop

By: Lake City Police Department Email
By: Lake City Police Department Email

News Release: Lake City Police Department
March 19, 2014, 6:30pm

The victim in today’s shooting has been identified as 19-year-old Brandon Lee Klatt of Deerfield, Michigan. Mr. Klatt died of his self-inflicted injuries at Shand’s at Lake Shore Hospital at 10:58 a.m.

A suicide note was found in Mr. Klatt’s pockets written to his family which also told law enforcement where he parked his vehicle; a mile north in the Popeye’s parking lot.

It is unclear how Mr. Klatt ended up in Lake City, but investigators are in communication with the family to gather more information as to what led to the shooting and his trip out of Michigan. Mr. Klatt was in American Pawn the day before the shooting, but did not look at any firearms that day.

The family was notified in Michigan of this tragic event by the Lenawee County Sherriff’s Office this afternoon.

Chief Argatha Gilmore said, “This is a very tragic incident to occur in our community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Klatt family in Michigan for the loss of their son and loved one, and also to the employees of American Pawn who witnessed this young man take his life.”

News Release: Lake City Police Department
March 19, 2014, 12:30pm

The victim has been identified by his driver’s license (out of state). The 19-year-old white male was pronounced dead at 10:58 a.m. due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The Lake City Police Department is attempting to contact and notify family members out of state.

News Release: Lake City Police Department
March 19, 2014, 11am

March 19, 2014 at approximately 10:05 a.m., an unknown white male entered American Pawn and shot himself in the head.

At approximately 10:05 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, an unknown white male customer entered American Pawn, located at 905 SW Main Blvd, Suite #100, Lake City, FL, and requested to look at a shotgun from the display. The customer was then handed the unloaded shotgun and began looking it over, as if to purchase.

The customer went into his pocket, retrieved a shotgun shell and loaded the shotgun. As he was backing away from the counter and the employee, he then shot himself in the head.

The male victim was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Next of kin have not yet been notified of the incident.

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