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Woman’s shooting death ruled suicide

Police say an Evanston woman found dead in her home early Sunday morning died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

Police Commander James Pickett say Gregory Davis arrived home from work about 12:30 a.m. to find his wife, Joanne Davis, 50, dead in their apartment at 325 Custer Ave., lying in a pool of blood next to a handgun.

Police say an Evanston woman found dead in her home early Sunday morning died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

Police Commander James Pickett say Gregory Davis arrived home from work about 12:30 a.m. to find his wife, Joanne Davis, 50, dead in their apartment at 325 Custer Ave., lying in a pool of blood next to a handgun.

Pickett says Davis immediately left the apartment, called 911 to report the incident and met responding officers in front of the building.

Police Chief Richard Eddington said evidence at the scene, as well as information from family members of the victim that she’d been despondent, led to the conclusion that the death was a suicide.

The county medical examiner’s office classified the death as a homicide after an autopsy Sunday, but Eddington says that the coronor’s definition of homicide includes suicide and that the medical examiner’s office now agrees with police that this incident was a suicide.

The chief said national statistics indicate that women who use a gun to commit suicide tend to shoot themselves in the torso, and that in most cases the victim has enough time to fire more than one shot before losing consciousness. The victim in this case, Eddington said, had been shot twice in the torso.

He said there were no signs of forced entry to the apartment, and no one else was home at the time the shooting took place.  

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