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Paul Oliver may not have meant to kill himself, family member says

Chargers safety Paul Oliver, who died last month from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, may not have intentionally killed himself.
Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   Oct. 4, 2013 at 4:30 PM   |   Comments

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Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Former Chargers safety Paul Oliver may not have intentionally killed himself, according to a new interview with one of his relatives.

Oliver, 29, died last month from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A police report from the incident depicts Oliver as potentially suffering from depression at the time of his death.

The report also says that Oliver and his wife were arguing just before his death. Oliver, who had been drinking, fired his pistol into the ceiling of his home.

He put another clip in the gun before walking down the stairs and firing another shot into his head in front of his wife and children.

Oliver's uncle, David Scandrett, said he doesn't believe Oliver meant to kill himself.

"True enough it was self-inflicted," Scandrett said.

"I don't think he knew the gun. When you fire a round, the clip throws another round right into the chamber. When you take the clip out, you might think you are emptying the gun, but you're not. It was an automatic. He was trying to scare her." They were having an argument, but I'm not sure what it was about.

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