Los Angeles Times

Gun suicides

Angela McDonald of Orlando Age: 53 Date of suicide: April 3, 2012 Weapon: .40-caliber Glock, issued by Osceola County Sheriff's Office Osceola County sheriff's Deputy Angela McDonald was on medical leave from her job at the Osceola County Courthouse, where she helped provide security on the sixth floor. She suffered from diabetes, had developed an infection that she could not beat, and the toes of her right foot had been amputated. If the wound did not heal, doctors might have to amputate her lower leg, according to a report with the Orange County Medical Examiner's Office. And that might jeopardize her job -- something she had come to fear -- said longtime friend and former road-patrol partner sheriff's Detective Suzanne Clouchet. On April 3, 2012, while her roommate was walking the dogs, McDonald picked up her .40-caliber service revolver, sat on the couch and shot herself in the head, records show. She left no note. She had suffered from untreated depression for years, Clouchet said. McDonald's son, an only child, had been murdered years earlier. "She suffered, like anyone would, great depression," Clouchet said. "Everyone who knew her before said she was never the same; I knew she was depressed, but the more I asked, the more she pushed away." OSCEOLA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
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