[UPDATED with I.D.:] 76-Year-Old Edward Lee Royle, Upset Over Medical Woes, Apparently Commits Suicide by Cop

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UPDATE, SEPT. 13, 9:41 A.M.: The 76-year-old man who died in his Garden Grove backyard Friday morning after taking beanbag rounds from police officers and a self-inflicted regular gunshot to the head has been identified as Edward Lee Royle. Royle, who family members later said was despondent and suicidal over health woes, had pointed a handgun at officers before they fired the beanbags and he shot himself, according to police.

The Orange County District Attorney's office is investigating.

ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 9, 12:59 P.M.: Officers called by family members this morning to a Garden Grove residence where a 76-year-old man with a handgun was talking suicide tried to negotiate with him in the backyard before he pointed the weapon at nearby cops, gunfire was exchanged and the elderly man was killed, police say. The family told officers the unidentified man was despondent over medical problems, according to a statement from Garden Grove Police Lt. Robert Fowler.

This all began with the 7:37 a.m. call from the 6000 block of Killarney Avenue, where family members claimed the man was threatening to kill himself with a handgun.

Confronting the man in the backyard of his residence, officers tried to talk him down while police negotiators were en route, states Fowler, who adds the help did not arrive before the man pointed his gun at nearby officers, fired and then shot himself.

"The cause of death is unknown at this time; however, the victim appears to have suffered impacts from less-lethal weapons, as well as a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head," reads a statement from the lieutenant.

As is routine in officer-involved shootings, the Orange County District Attorney's office is investigating. 


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Smcbee2
Smcbee2

Geriatric depression is an overwhelmingly ignored problem. When an elderly person becomes too ill to maintain their independence, pain not under control, diagnosis of terminal illness, medical cost or loss of spouse can cause an elderly person considerable depression. They tend to think they've lived their life their body just hasn't quit. Families are ill equipped to recognize or even admit that their loved one has depression and non geriatric doctors will medicate at levels that are too high for the elderly metabolism and usually do not suggest "talk therapy". When some aged persons reach the point of needing nursing home care they would prefer to take their own life than be "left" at a facility. Sometimes the facilities are great and others aren't, that's why it's so important to visit your loved one often to ensure the best care was given. The family deserves to grieve in private and not have to explain to the public the why's of his decision. I don't think the police could've handled the situation differently. Had they shot him in his leg for example, an elderly person is not as likely to survive or recover as someone else. If the non-lethal measures didn't detour him he was probably already set on his outcome or even suffering from dementia at time. We as the public need to show more respect for our aged members of society and offer them appropriate help when we notice changes and visits to lighten their burden. At 76 he had lived through many disasters and economic declines, probably raised a child or two and most certainly retired from a job he held for more than 30 years. He had life experience to share with the younger generations, stories to tell, advice to give. However, society usually turns their back and pretends to no longer see them because they see their mortality in the aged and would prefer not to think about it. Many of us will reach his age, possibly in poor health, sad and confused at what life no longer seems to offer. We must change the way Americans especially treat our elderly. They should be respected and held in the highest esteem. Not left in the backyard with a gun hoping police will shot him. I do hope his family can embrace the better memories of his life as they try to find closure in this tragic occurrence.

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Unfortunate many people are suffering from depression. they have much work loads, family headache and other cause due to they getting on upset.

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Mental sickness really a great disease it can be the cause of death.

Avery
Avery

All of this is happen because he is mentally sick.

Brayden
Brayden

Every disease is bad.If we don't cure at time.Specially the mental disease.Thanks for this post.Keep it up.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

It is a fact, Mental Illness is a fatal disease,

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Its really sad.Depression is really bad disease.Keep sharing with us in future too.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

I am confused, at one point in the article it says he pointed his gun at officers, fired then shot himself? does not sound logical, in this time of blood thirsty law enforcement it is more likely that as soon as he seemed to lift a weapon to point at officers he would have been shot, not allowed to use the weapon on himself. but, he was 76 and lived in a rather nice part of Garden Grove... West side almost Rossmoor/Los Alamitos (Between Valley View and Springdale and just south of Lampson)

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

So does anyone know what was wrong with the old guy?

Concerned
Concerned

His intent was to commit suicide but as usual, the police got involved.  You would think they would have given a flesh wound before he was able to take his life.

Concerned
Concerned

This was a "gentle" man with medical conditions that were going undressed.  His intent was to commit suicide but officers entered the pictures to try to prevent him from doing this. 

Tim
Tim

Apparently a bullet hole to the head.

Guest
Guest

I'm sure his medical conditions were being addressed moronically with drugs only and complete callous indifference to his real needs. 

That is the track record of the for profit mental health and pharma industry of the United States.

someguy5555
someguy5555

Tim is just an idiot who thinks very little and has an inflated opinion of his own cleverness....just another shallow faceless person that will probably contribute almost nothing to the world. :)

Concerned
Concerned

This comment is completely stupid an unsympathetic to those that have issues with depression.  Maybe you should think before you write.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

I completely agree with you about pharmaceutical companies pushing medications on people who don't need them...but this problem is not just limited to psychiatric drugs and the mental health industry. The greater problem lies with the FDA approving medications for use without thorough studies as to long-term effectiveness and safety...and people who think every medical/emotional problem should be solved by simply popping a pill. While the use of psychiatric drugs isn't always necessary, some people have been helped by them tremendously...myself, included. I get really annoyed when people try to paint all drugs for treating mental illness as "bad" and "unnecessary". If a person lacking certain chemicals in the brain that regulate their mood/mental state takes medication to replace those chemicals how is that any different than a diabetic who needs their insulin? Just something to think about. Thanks.

Smcbee2
Smcbee2

Depression certainly does cause shootings. To blame everything on anti-depressants is ignorant. Most doctors over prescribe but usually at the insistence of their patient. Patients would typically rather take a pill then change their lifestyle. It's easier to take a statin or blood pressure medicines then it is to diet and exercise. I believe that medications of any type should be given when quality of life cannot be obtained in a change of lifestyle or other means. However, to those with chemical depression the loss of anti-depressants balancing seratonin and other chemicals in the brain would be catastrophic. If you prefer to not take prescribed medications then that is your choice and I hope you aremable to stay healthy in that way, it is the preferable avenue. However to throw your dogma in the face of a family already hurting, others who suffer from depression and might read your comments is not the kind thing to do. It's more important to be kind than right. A lesson you haven't learned yet or you wouldn't end your reply over a man's suicide with a laugh.

Concerned
Concerned

This was not the gentleman who shot his wife.  His wife was at the residence and living.  Don't write what you don't know about or make assumptions.  It is hard for a family to deal with a situation like this and false postings do not help.

You comments are unsympathetic and void of any information for you comment of laughing......

Guest
Guest

The people who need to understand depression and "think" before they write, are the FDA in writing drug approvals, and doc's writing prescriptions, handing out all the bogus psych meds for pofit.  It shows a completely unsympathetic, callous disregard for exploiting the vulnerable for personal profit. 

This person supposedly also previously shot his terminally ill wife, 78 years old, before the cops came to question him at which point he did this.  Probably was in the process of "being helped" with his depression, just like Andrea Yates, Melissa Huckaby, Phoebe Prince Levi Aron, and the woman who threw her baby from the parking garage.

It's a good thing the  "professionals" have great sympathetic understanding of depression.  LMAO!  Depression goesn't cause shooting rampages, psych meds do. 

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