Lead man kills himself at city park before fireworks display - KOTA Territory News

Lead man kills himself at city park before fireworks display


The Fourth of July celebration at Lead City Park started off with quite the scare, after a Lead man shot himself in front of a huge crowd of people.

According to a release from the lead police department, 66–year–old Wayne Mayer shot himself around 7:30 pm on Thursday night  at Manuel Brothers Park.

Mayer placed a small caliber handgun to his head. Officers told him numerous times to drop his gun, but he refused and shot himself once.

He was taken to Lead/Deadwood Regional Hospital where he later died.

Witnesses say it was scary but it didn't ruin the rest of the event.

"My granddaughter was very shook up. She's thirteen years old. She was very shook up. And I would like to say the police department, and the officers on hand did a great job," said Les Roselles, who lives in Lead.

Police say no one else was injured from the incident.

(Original story)

According to a release from the Lead Police Department, a 66-year-old rural Lead man shot himself at the Lead City Park Thursday evening.  He was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

The incident occurred at Manuel Brothers Park at about 7:35 p.m. Witnesses say the man was being escorted from the park by law enforcement officers just before the shot.
Lead resident Misael Rivera says he was standing about three feet from the man when he heard police say ``put the gun down.''
Witness Trever Neal says officers tried to stop the man but he shot himself. He was taken by ambulance transported to Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital but died.
The man's name was not being released until family members could be notified.

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