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LS- Police briefs: State police investigate suicide

8-22-2006 Louisiana:

An East Texas man under investigation for sex offenses apparently committed suicide in Red River Parish early Sunday, according to a Louisiana state police report.

Robert Barnett, 49, a registered sex offender from Carthage, Texas, left a suicide note before parking his pickup on a Union Pacific crossing on a private road off state Highway 1 four miles south of Grand Bayou, troopers said. This happened about 2 a.m.

"The train crew reported that the driver stopped as if he were going to wait for them to pass and then drove into their path and stopped in front of them as the train entered the crossing," said a release from Louisiana state police Troop G.

Barnett was not restrained in his 2005 Ford Ranger pickup and died at the scene, troopers said. None of the train's crew members were physically injured.

Investigation into the incident is continuing, troopers said. ..more.. : by The Times

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