A North Dakota man who had just been found guilty of stalking committed suicide in court by slashing his own throat ‘from ear to ear’ Monday.
The unnamed man had been on trial at the Quentin Burdick Courthouse in Fargo on several stalker-related charges.
When the jury returned a partial guilty verdict on the charges, the man rose to his feet and cut his throat with a pen or a plastic shank, Valley News Live reported.
The U.S. Marshals said the jury had left the courtroom at the time of the incident, but U.S. District Judge Peter Welte, courtroom staff and people in the public gallery witnessed the incident.
Security officers and deputy marshals on the scene tried to save his life, but he died at the scene, according to Fox News.
‘The guy turned around and you could see the inside of his neck. He had slit his neck with some object,’ a witness told Valley News Live.
A man committed suicide in a courtroom in Fargo, North Dakota, by slashing his throat ‘from ear to ear’ moments after being found guilty of stalking-related charges
Security guards, deputy marshals and paramedics tried to save the man but he reportedly died at the scene. The suicide happened in front a packed gallery
Baily Hurley, a journalist with Valley News Live, tweeted that the ‘male defendant stood up & slit his throat w/ what looked like a pen or a plastic shank’
BREAKING: The U.S. Marshals confirm one person is dead after an incident at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Fargo this afternoon. A witness tells VNL during his sentencing hearing, the male defendant stood up & slit his throat w/ what looked like a pen or a plastic shank. pic.twitter.com/azj0C3BLPU