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Man dies by own hand outside Bayous bar

ALBANY, Ga. -- A pool game ended with a man's suicide in his pickup parked outside Bayous bar before 7 p.m. Tuesday, the bar's owner said.

A Bayous patron (identified by the bartender but whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin) had a disagreement about a pool game, said Ken Gillett, the bar owner, who added that the man left the bar and shot himself in the head while sitting in his white Dodge Ram 2500 pickup.

Dougherty County Police Department officers arrived at the bar at 411 Philema Road before 7 p.m., said Dougherty County Coroner Emma Quimbley, who was on the scene a few minutes later.

"The next of kin has not been notified," Quimbley said at 8:30 p.m. "We are not giving the man's name until his family is notified. It is an apparent suicide."

The body remained in the pickup at 8:30 p.m., awaiting arrival of Dougherty County EMS. Bayous patrons leaving the bar declined to comment on the shooting.

Typically, the body of a suicide victim is taken to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab for an autopsy to determine official cause of death.

If the man's death is ruled a suicide, it will be the third unrelated suicide reported in the Dougherty and Lee county areas since July 28.

Denise Markowski, 41, was found dead from a gunshot wound at a home on the 900 block of Pinewood Road July 28. Her death was officially ruled a suicide.

The body of Darton College student Brandon Schiff, 21, was found hanging from a low branch in a pecan orchard on the 1900 block of Oakridge Drive July 29. Schiff's autopsy report has not yet been completed.