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October 8, 2004

Albany -- An autopsy shows the man shot in his yard died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sixty-six-year-old Ross Jan Rhea committed suicide after being cornered by police outside his Pearl Avenue home Wednesday night.

"The cause of death is going to be one gun shot wound to the head, which will be labeled suicide," said APD spokesman Lt. Kenn Singleton.

After Rhea shot himself, Albany police opened fire on him, thinking he might have been shooting at them. He was shot in the leg by officers.

The two officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave.

posted at 5:25PM by dave.miller@walb.com