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Police looking into suicide by veteran outside Pa. VA facility

By ADAM SMELTZ | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | Published: April 1, 2015

PITTSBURGH (Tribune News Service) — The Department of Veterans Affairs and Allegheny County police are investigating the suicide of a military veteran at the VA campus in O'Hara.

Michelle Langhorst, 31, of Plum died at 1:37 p.m. Monday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the county Medical Examiner's Office. It happened in a parking lot at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's H.J. Heinz Campus on Delafield Road, the examiner's office reported.

In a written statement, the VA Pittsburgh system offered “thoughts and condolences” for Langhorst's family and friends. It said a VA investigation will examine in part whether “we could have done (anything) better for this veteran and others who receive care” from the regional health care system.

“Due to privacy concerns, we can't provide many details. We can share that we are reviewing the many aspects of this tragic event and are fully committed to providing our nation's veterans with the absolute best care and services possible,” the VA said in its statement.

County police found no crime involved in Langhorst's death, Lt. Andrew Schurman said.

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