Counselling to be given

COUNSELLING has been offered to emergency services personnel and people that witnessed a shocking death in a quiet suburban street on Friday.

A 22-year-old Gympie man shot himself in the head at Decker Pl on Gympie's Southside in front of neighbours.

Residents called police on Friday afternoon just before 5pm about a distressed man carrying a rifle and acting in a threatening manner.

It was believed emergency dispatchers heard the gunshot over the phone.

A female officer first on the scene administered CPR until paramedics arrived.

A full police escort provided the ambulance with a smooth, uninterrupted drive to Gympie Hospital while paramedics worked frantically to save the man's life.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The entire police crew on Friday's afternoon shift attended the scene and have been referred for counselling through Policelink.

Officer in Charge of Gympie Police, Acting Senior Sergeant Terry Kennedy, said anyone who witnessed the event was eligible for counselling.

To access this free service, contact the Gympie Police Station by telephoning 5480 1111.

Contact details will be forwarded to Policelink, which will refer potential patients to the appropriate service as requested.

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