BAY PINES VETERANS MEDICAL — A man fatally shot himself near a flag pole next to the front entrance of the Bay Pines VA Medical Center, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies responded to the call about 7:30 a.m.
Deputies identified the man as 61-year-old James W. Violette of St. Petersburg.
Violette was not a veteran or on staff at the hospital.
Sgt. Tom Nestor said Violette told his family he was going to do it at the hospital because he knew they would take care of his body and bury him.
Violette, deputies said, was suffering from depression after a recent divorce and losing his job.
No other information was immediately available.