People react to news that a man was shot at the Occupy Burlington, Vt., encampment at City Hall Park Thursday afternoon, Nov. 10, 2011. The public was not believed to be at risk after the afternoon shooting at City Hall Park in Burlington, but the circumstances are [auth] still being investigated, said Burlington Police Deputy Chief Andi Higbee. (AP Photo/Burlington Free Press, Ryan Mercer) NO SALES, MAGS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Police say preliminary investigations show a 35-year-old military veteran fatally shot himself in the head at an Occupy Wall Street encampment in Vermont’s largest city.
Burlington police say the name of the Chittenden County resident is being withheld because his family has not been fully notified.
The man shot himself inside a tent in City Hall Park on Thursday afternoon and died in the evening at Fletcher Allen Health Care hospital in Burlington.
Protesters at the Occupy encampment say the man was a victim of inadequate mental health services being offered to veterans.
Authorities say they have begun talks with protesters about the death and safety issues that the incident raise.