Man dies by suicide outside Texas congresswoman’s house

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A man died by suicide Wednesday afternoon in front of U.S. Rep. Beth Van Duyne’s house in Irving, Texas, police said.

Authorities have not yet identified the man and are still investigating his motive, local ABC affiliate WFAA reported.

Van Duyne, a Republican representing Texas’ 24th Congressional District, said she heard a gunshot from inside her house around 3:45 p.m. local time and saw a man’s body on her front walkway, according to local CBS affiliate KTVT.

Van Duyne was mayor of Irving, a northwest Dallas suburb, from 2011 until 2017, when former President Donald Trump appointed her to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She won her House seat in the November 2020 elections.

In 2016, the family of a Muslim teen in Texas sued Van Duyne after the 14-year-old was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school. She was dismissed from the suit in 2017, the Dallas Morning News reported.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, you can call the National Suicide Prevention lifeline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 800-273-8255.