Columbia Falls Man Dies of Apparent Suicide After Traffic Stop

By Beacon Staff

A 62-year-old Columbia Falls man is believed to have committed suicide after being stopped for a traffic violation over the weekend.

Flathead County officials say Wayne Poil was pulled over on U.S. Highway 2 Saturday afternoon, when officers noticed he had expired license plates.

As the truck pulled off the road, the Montana Highway Patrol trooper saw Poil pull a rifle from near the back window. The truck then crossed a field and ran into a fence, where it stopped.

Troopers found Poil dead in the front seat of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

A coroner from Lincoln County was called in to handle the investigation. An autopsy was conducted at the state crime lab in Missoula.

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