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Coroner: Man confronted about shoplifting kills himself

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina coroner says a man shot himself in the head and died after being approached about shoplifting.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore told news outlets that 23-year-old Javier Castaneda of Pelzer died Monday night after Anderson police confronted him outside a Sam's Club.

Shore said officers were called around 7:20 p.m. to investigate a shoplifting at a neighboring Walmart.

Anderson Police Chief Jim Stewart said officers caught up with the man at a loading dock behind Sam's Club and as an officer attempted to restrain the man, he pulled a gun and shot himself.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating since an officer was at the scene when the man died.

Pelzer was pronounced dead at an Anderson hospital.

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