Silver Eagle Gun Range

The Silver Eagle Group gun range is located at 21550 Beaumeade Circle in Ashburn.

A man died from an apparent suicide Sunday at the Silver Eagle Group gun range in Ashburn, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. The death is believed to be the second suicide in less than a year at the Silver Eagle Group facility, a sheriff’s office spokesman said.

Deputies responded to the range at 21550 Beaumeade Circle around 3 p.m. Sunday after reports of a suicide, according to LCSO spokesman Kraig Troxell.

The incident was still under investigation as of Tuesday, Troxell said.

The Times-Mirror on Tuesday and Wednesday reached out to Silver Eagle Group and requested to speak with either the owner or the general manager about the incident. The requests were not returned.

In October 2019, the sheriff’s office responded to the Silver Eagle Group range for a report of a man who died by suicide. A man also injured himself by gunshot at the complex in April 2019.

According to its website, Silver Eagle Group has been awarded the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Five Star Range rating, for which a range must demonstrate excellence in all aspects of management and operations.

Troxell said Sunday’s death was not disclosed in the LCSO’s daily incident report on Tuesday because suicides are not generally listed in those summaries. The sheriff’s office does not release daily incident reports on weekends or federal holidays.

Editor’s note: The Times-Mirror does not typically report on suicides, but we decided to release the information above for a number of reasons. First, we had numerous readers inquire about the situation. Second, the suicide happened at a place of business during operational hours. Finally, this is at least the third injury or death at Silver Eagle Group since April 2019.

More on suicide prevention: If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health and/or having thoughts of suicide, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also text “HOME” to 741741. More information can be found at SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

You can read more about reporting on suicide from the Associated Press here and at reportingonsuicide.org.

(3) comments

EdMyers

When we hide the reasons for deaths, society doesn't have the information necessary to make policy and cultural changes to address and hopefully prevent these suicides. The result is that citizens wrongly think that guns save lives when in reality they contribute to an increase in deaths because suicide by gun is far more successful. Suicidal thoughts pass and any other less efficient means of death offer the opportunity for intervention.

LetSanityPrevail

You are correct that suicide by gun is more successful, can't argue that. Guns can save lives. If my co-religionists in Europe had been armed during the holocaust

perhaps 6,000,000 of them wouldn't have been slaughtered. There are times the citizen must be armed to protect themselves, and before you say it can't happen here, that is exactly what the victims in Germany, Poland, Ukraine, etc. said as well.

LetSanityPrevail

SEG is very well managed and safety conscious. Nothing will prevent someone intent on suicide from doing so.

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