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Package dropped by suicidal man highly explosive


WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Police in southern Wisconsin say a package dropped by a man who shot and killed himself was highly explosive.

Authorities say the 35-year-old man shot himself in the chest with a muzzle-loaded gun on the sidewalk of a residential neighborhood in Waukesha (WAH'-keh-shaw) Tuesday night. A 3- by 4-inch package fell near the man.

Police say the man killed himself shortly after officers were called to the neighborhood by a friend of the man. She told police he was suicidal, possibly had a gun and possessed bomb-making material. Suspecting the package could be explosive, officers called the Milwaukee County Bomb Squad which detonated the device. Police Capt. Ron Oremus (or-AY'-mus) says it contained black powder and ammunition. He says a suicide note and bomb-making equipment were found in the man's residence.

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