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Old 10-09-2007, 06:41 PM   #1
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Man kills self in front of City Council after zoning decision


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CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- A business owner shot and killed himself during a City Council meeting Thursday night after members voted against his request to rezone his property, witnesses said.

Ronald "Bo" Ward, owner of Bo's Barber Shop, had told the council his business would go under if he couldn't get his home rezoned as commercial. After the 5-7 vote Thursday night, Ward stood and walked toward the council.

"Y'all have put me under. ... I'm out of here," he said before shooting himself in the head with a small handgun.

Fire and police officials attending the meeting immediately ushered the audience of about 50 into the hallway, where several people were sobbing.

At least one police officer is always on duty during council meetings, officials said. However, visitors are not required to go through a metal detector or any other screening.

"When a gun gets whipped out like that, someone is going to get shot, but I didn't know who," Councilman Bill Summers said. "You could've been right next to him, and I don't think you could have stopped that."

Mayor Johnny Piper said Thursday's council meeting would be the last held in that room.

Ward had said the rezoning would increase his property value, allowing him to secure a loan to offset debt he incurred when he expanded his shop.

Ward was well known for supporting soldiers from the nearby Fort Campbell Army post and was once recognized by its former commander, Gen. David Petraeus. His barber shop was often visited by media reporting on the local economic impact of thousands of soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division being deployed to Iraq.

"He treated soldiers like his own children," said George Heath, a longtime patron of Bo's Barber Shop and the Fort Campbell public affairs officer.

"If a soldier came in and said he needed a haircut but didn't have any money, Bo would cut his hair and tell him to pay him when he could."

In 2004, Petraeus sent Ward a postcard during the division's first deployment to Iraq, thanking him for keeping his shop open during the deployment and "giving haircuts to children of our families."
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Old 10-09-2007, 06:43 PM   #2
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Wow obviously somebody was a lil off their rocker!!
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I don't see that as off the rocker, well, maybe...but it reminds me of a dude in my home town (angleton). My grandparents and dad and alot of the 'grown ups' would go to this bakery every sat. morning to eat donuts and the grown folks would bullshit with each other etc. etc. But this dude had that business his whole life and SOMETHING happened to make him lose his business and he went back in the kitchen early one morning stuck a shotgun in his mouth.

or he's off his rocker
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Old 10-09-2007, 07:44 PM   #5
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I don't see that as off the rocker, well, maybe...but it reminds me of a dude in my home town (angleton). My grandparents and dad and alot of the 'grown ups' would go to this bakery every sat. morning to eat donuts and the grown folks would bullshit with each other etc. etc. But this dude had that business his whole life and SOMETHING happened to make him lose his business and he went back in the kitchen early one morning stuck a shotgun in his mouth.

or he's off his rocker
Id think hes off his rocker.......It doesnt matter how bad my day or life is i would never ever dream of taking my own life.......I think that anybody when does think about taking their life obviously has some serious issues and needs help.
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Off their rocker, no. Stressed, frustrated and feeling lost...would be another thing. So yea, they have some serious issues and need...or rather needed help. Help that no one saw, could understand or were willing to lend forth.
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, a veryyyy selfish man indeed.
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:20 PM   #8
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Thats Hardcore.. Wonder if he got his point across?
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:51 PM   #9
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Dude had issues. It's was ONLY MONEY. Money or the lack thereof, does not make a life. He obviously had friends who thought highly of him, now there are no good memories left...

+1 Very Selfish
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if he was asking about rezoning, sounds like there was alot of stress and financial situations don't progress the family relations well. Sorry to hear about the unnecessary loss of life but better that he didn't take anyone with him...
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Suicide is probably a pretty hard thing to pull off. Everyone who says it's the coward's way out probably never put a pistol in their mouth.
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nasty scene for sure. brain matter stinks.
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It's your life, do what you want with it.
Agree'd. Unless you have people financially dependent on you. Then it's selfish.

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So you guys(cashtown & arturo) are saying that since it's HIS life to live(not not to live), that it is okay he blew himself away infront of a CITY COUNCIL?
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So you guys(cashtown & arturo) are saying that since it's HIS life to live(not not to live), that it is okay he blew himself away infront of a CITY COUNCIL?

Why not. He feels they on him, might as well have them deal with his mess.
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glad there is no zoning in City of Houston and Harris County ETJ's, unless you have another municipality such as Missourri City, Pearland, League City, etc.
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"Y'all have put me under. ... I'm out of here," he said before shooting himself in the head with a small handgun.
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So you guys(cashtown & arturo) are saying that since it's HIS life to live(not not to live), that it is okay he blew himself away infront of a CITY COUNCIL?
No it sucks that he did it in front of other people. It must have been pretty hard on them.

But I think that was his intention.
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