Smyrna police are reporting that a man committed suicide Wednesday afternoon near the Silver Comet Trail connector off Cooper Lake Road.
Mike Smith, Smyrna police's public information officer, said officers responded to the scene at about 3 p.m. and found that a man had fired a single gunshot into his chest. Smith did not know the man's name, age or where he was from.
A bystander who preferred not to give her name said heard the sirens and saw the police activity while she was walking with her friend on the trail.
"We started walking back and there were sirens and everything," she said. "They said it was a crime scene. We walked on and came back and we were told by some of the bystanders that some elderly gentleman had tried to take his own life."
The man was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.