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Idaho veteran shoots, kills himself outside Post Falls church

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POST FALLS, Idaho -

Update 3:45 p.m.: In an update Sunday afternoon, Post Falls Police report the man who shot himself outside Real Life Ministries in the chest Sunday morning has died.

Police have identified the man as 59-year-old Dale L. Belieu of Craigmont, Idaho.

Community members say now is a time to stand together.

“So now it's time for people to wake up and understand there are hurting people out there. And as a community we need to be kind and we need to not judge and we need to just be there for strangers and be compassionate and kind,” says Molly Maloney, who came to the church to pray for the man after hearing of the situation.

Police say there are resources in the community that can help with suicide prevention.

In North Idaho:

Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) 208-290-6161, North 2366 Hickey Road, Sandpoint, ID 83864

Region 1 Mental Health Crisis Line 208-769-1406

Kootenai County Crisis Hotline 208-664-1443

North Idaho Crisis Center 208-625-4884

More information: http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Families/SuicidePrevention/Resources/tabid/1920/Default.aspx

Spokane County:

Suicide Prevention Resources https://www.srhd.org/documents/Health_Topics/SuicidePrevResources.pdf

More information: https://www.srhd.org/topics/suicide.asp

Hotlines:

Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

Previous coverage:

Post Falls Police say a man in his 50s from the Grangeville, Idaho, area shot himself in the chest outside Real Life Ministries in Post Falls Sunday afternoon.

The church was put on lock down Sunday morning after firefighters received a call of a suicidal man in the parking lot of the church on Cecil Road. Police tried to negotiate with the man for hours but were unsuccessful. 

The man eventually shot twice at the ground before shooting himself in the chest. An ambulance took the man to Kootenai Medical Center. Police say the man was breathing when he was taken to the hospital, but his condition is not known.

Police have not yet released the name of the man involved, but they say he is a veteran.

Previous coverage:

Post Falls Police report Real Life Ministries has been evacuated Sunday morning. 

Firefighters on the scene say they responded to the church on Cecil Road in Post Falls because of a report suicidal man with a gun in the parking lot. 

The church remained on lockdown into the afternoon and all church activities were cancelled for the rest of the day.

Police have shut down roads from Cecil to Horsehaven Road until the situation is fully resolved.

Around 12:30 ISP reported shots fired near the church.

Shortly after the gunshot was heard an ambulance left the area with lights and sirens on.

Cecil Road appeared to be back open around 1 p.m. and someone inside the church says they have been slowly allowed to leave.

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