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Authorities: Will County official kills himself

A 55-year-old Plainfield man who was in charge of security at the Will County Courthouse apparently committed suicide Monday night in the parking lot of city hall in Crest Hill, police said.

Police Chief Dwayne Wilkerson said video surveillance shows James Carson pulling into the parking lot, 1610 Plainfield Road, about 8:20 p.m. and getting out of a Dodge Charger. He said a city council meeting was held Monday night, but it does not appear that Carson went inside.

“Around 15 minutes later, someone came outside and found him lying on the ground. They thought he had fallen and struck his head and called 911,” Wilkerson said.

Carson was shot once in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:37 p.m., authorities said. The gun used was not a county-issued gun.

Wilkerson said Will County sheriff’s police were called to the scene to handle evidence, and the case was turned over to them.

“This appears to be a self-inflicted death,” sheriff’s police spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said.

Records show Carson was the security services coordinator at the county courthouse.

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