clear
Thursday September 3rd, 2015 1:13PM

Police release name of man who shot himself after running from officers

By B.J. Williams News Director
GAINESVILLE - Gainesville Police Wednesday morning released the name of the man who they say took his own life Tuesday night after running from them.

According to Corporal Kevin Holbrook, the man is identified as Joshua Semon, 24, of Gainesville.

Holbrook said the officers were on patrol when they stopped Semon at America's Best Value Inn on Jesse Jewell Parkway around 10:00 p.m. to speak with him. Semon ran, although Holbrook said investigators aren't sure why. He said officers chased him into a dark, wooded area.

"During that time, officers briefly lost contact with Semon and immediately heard gunfire," said Holbrook.

He said once they heard the gunshots, the officers pulled away, called for back-up and established a perimeter.

"[Then] officers were able to utilize a hand-held FLEER system - a forward looking infra-red system - otherwise known as a night-vision system," said Holbrook. "Once they made contact with this individual in this dense, wooded area, he was found...deceased.

Wednesday morning, Holbrook said Semon died of a gunshot wound to the head.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
7:04PM ( 1 year ago )
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Robbery suspects arrested following intensive search
GAINESVILLE - Hall County authorities said an intensive search Wednesday led to two suspects in an August 23 armed robbery in Lula. Check back for details to this developing story.
1:07PM ( 6 minutes ago )
Banks County Holiday Festival set Saturday
Downtown Homer is expected to bustle with activity Saturday, Sept. 5, as part of the 42nd Banks County Holiday Festival.
12:08PM ( 1 hour ago )
Winder motorist killed in wreck involving deer
Authorities have released the name of the man who died Thursday morning in a traffic accident involving a deer on Old Flowery Branch Road in Hall County.
11:42AM ( 1 hour ago )
Gainesville gang member arrested with $95K worth of meth
A Gainesville man is behind bars after authorities confiscated $95,200 worth of methamphetamine and a loaded semi-automatic pistol during a traffic stop.
11:02AM ( 2 hours ago )
Primex manager says safety is top priority, responds to OSHA citations
In response to a proposed fine and safety citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the manager of a plastics manufacturing facility in Oakwood issued a statement Wednesday, saying, "safety is a number one priority."
10:17AM ( 2 hours ago )