Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

January 5, 2012

Man makes good on threat to shoot self

Staff writer

CROSSVILLE — A Crossville man made good on his threat to kill himself after he traveled to a residence in the county to confront an ex-girlfriend on New Year's eve, according to a sheriff's department report.

Walter Wayne Schreiber, 44, of Woodmere Apts., reportedly died at the scene after shooting himself once in the head, according to Deputy Chuck Hennessee's report. Three persons inside the residence were not hurt, the report stated.

At 2:12 p.m. on New Year's eve, the sheriff's department received a report that an armed man was traveling to an Old Genesis Rd. residence, threatening to kill himself once he arrived.

About ten minutes later Schreiber arrived at the residence, ran to the front door and requested that his former girlfriend — one of three persons in the residence — come outside so she could witness the suicide.

Witnesses said Schreiber, holding a handgun to his head, ran around to the garage door, and again demanded that his ex-girlfriend come outside. When she refused, he ran into the backyard and shot himself once in the head.

Hennessee arrived on the scene 12 minutes later and found Schreiber lying face down, about 12-feet from the back of the house. The weapon was found underneath his body with shell casing nearby. The deputy said Schreiber was not breathing and that he could detect no pulse.

Investigator Jerry Jackson was called to the scene to head up the investigation into the incident.