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Police Officer Commits Suicide Following Quarrel With Wife

April 28, 1986

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) _ A policeman who allegedly fired a shot at his wife during a quarrel committed suicide as he accompanied a supervisor to headquarters for questioning, officials said.

Patrick Hynes, 30, a nine-year veteran of the Howard County police deparmtent, shot himself in the head with his own gun early Sunday, said Sgt. Angus Park, a police spokesman.

Park said Hynes had relinquished his department-issued revolver and that Hynes’ supervisor did not know that he was still carrying a handgun.

According to Park, Hynes and his wife quarrelled at their home and the officer allegedly fired a shot in her direction. She was not injured.

Hynes later met two supervisors at a shopping center, and was relieved of duty and asked to turn in his service revolver. Hynes then asked a supervisor if they could drive around and talk before going to headquarters, Park said.

Police said Hynes stopped his car near a wood, telling the supervisor he felt ill, and committed suicide after walking about 25 feet into the woods.

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