A prominent Bulawayo lawyer and managing partner at Webb, Low and Barry law firm, Norman Pattison, who allegedly committed suicide Tuesday afternoon was found with a gun in his hand, a gun wound on his head, police have confirmed.
Pattison committed suicide yesterday afternoon at his Bradfield home.
He was 64 years old.
Bulawayo Police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident.
“We received a case of sudden death by shooting which is investigated as suspected suicide case,” said Inspector Ncube.
He said the information received was that the deceased was not feeling well and he was staying with his wife who left him around 10 o’clock in the morning in bed but alive and having spoken to him.
“When she returned around 1300 hours, she found him lifeless in a pool of blood and we received the report and we attended,” said the police spokesperson.
“He had a gunshot wound and he was holding on to a revolver with four rounds and one cartridge.”
Inspector Ncube said “his finger was at the firing pin which we call the trigger,” adding the body was taken for post-mortem.
“As opposed to the fact that it was at a business centre, it was at a residential area; he passed on at his residential place.”
Inspector Ncube urged people to seek counselling when they have something worrying them.
“It is imperative that people should share their griefs and happiness. Should one have something worrying her or him, it is advisable to approach relatives, police or counsellors than taking your own life,” he said.