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Carr's death self-inflicted, autopsy says

By Compiled from staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 22, 1998

An autopsy of Hank Earl Carr confirmed that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

A 9mm bullet pierced his head about 2 inches above his right ear, the medical examiner's office in Leesburg told Hernando County sheriff's deputies. Carr also was wounded by a .40-caliber bullet that penetrated his left buttock and lodged in his lower back near his spine. Authorities have released Carr's body to his family.

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