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Death of Arizon man listed as suicide

February 16, 2002

An Arizona man apparently committed suicide yesterday in the Buttercup area in the south section of the Imperial Sand Dunes, an Imperial County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

The unidentified man reportedly shot himself in the head with a handgun about 2:45 p.m., the official said.

The man reportedly drove to Buttercup but was not camping there, he said.

The official said the gunshot was heard by those nearby and the U.S. Border Patrol responded. The unidentified man was airlifted to Yuma Regional Medical Center, where he died.

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