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UPDATE: 'Chemical suicide' reported in Gorman

Posted: June 4, 2013 3:48 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2013 5:12 p.m.

Fire officials were dispatched near Gorman Tuesday afternoon after a person apparently committed “chemical suicide” in a car, according to fire officials.

Shortly before 2 p.m., officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to an incident on Hungry Valley Road near Lower Freeman Trail, said Inspector Scott Miller.

The department’s hazardous materials unit was dispatched to the scene, he said.

“It came in as a possible chemical suicide,” Miller said.

Miller noted a recent trend, that he said “started in Japan,” of people using potent and lethal concentrations of chemicals to commit suicide inside a motor vehicle.

“They usually post a note in the window,” he said.

The notes are intended to alert emergency responders to the potential health risk posed by the chemicals used in the suicide, he said.

Another official with the Los Angeles County Fire Department confirmed shortly after 5 p.m. that one person was found dead and that the incident was being investigated as a suicide.

He also said crews at the scene noted a strong smell of “noxious chemicals” coming from the vehicle and did not attempt to remove the person who was inside.

Last month, firefighters shut down a section of road in the Angeles National Forest for a suicide inside a car that involved potentially lethal chemicals.

In describing the chemicals found in other “chemical suicides,’ Miller said “one or two breaths of this stuff” would be a sufficient to cause death.
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