Man shoots self in head in courthouse parking lot

Police: Man walked out of Cowlitz County Hall of Justice, shot self in head in car

A view of the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice, as seen from Google Street View, September 2013. (Google Street View)
A view of the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice, as seen from Google Street View, September 2013. (Google Street View)

KELSO, Wash. (KOIN 6) — Authorities confirmed that one man sustained significant injuries Monday evening after shooting himself with a rifle in the parking lot of the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice.

According to Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig, 72-year-old Cleon O. Moen from Longview had been a defendant of a domestic violence trial that concluded Monday afternoon with a hung jury.

Rosenzweig said Moen then walked out into the parking lot and shot himself in the head with a rifle that he removed from his truck shortly before 5 p.m. He reportedly left a note, stating his intentions, police said.

Deputies who were in the Hall of Justice at the time rushed outside and rendered first aid until an ambulance arrived. The man suffered “very significant injuries,” Rosenzweig said. He was transported from St. John Hospital to Oregon Health & Science University.

No one else was injured or involved. However, police said there were witnesses to the shooting.

The trial was a result of an incident in which Moen was arrested for assaulting his wife in June of this year, authorities said.

Moen’s wife was advised of the incident.

The Sheriff’s Office said that this event was specific to this man’s troubles and that there were no additional safety concerns for the people who were in the Hall of Justice.

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