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Suicide possible in Oxford man's shooting death

Posted June 15, 2009 4:14 p.m. EDT

— An autopsy released Monday indicates that the death of an Oxford man could have been suicide.

The wife of  Benjamin A. Gentry, 70, found him shot to death inside the Union Bank & Trust Co. building on College Street March 10.

Gentry, of East Front Street in Oxford, was in an upstairs office he leased from the bank, police said.

Police determined that, although Gentry suffered multiple gunshot wounds, he appeared to have moved around the room. The situation prompted investigators to ask for an autopsy.

The medical examiner found that none of the three wounds to Gentry's abdomen would have immediately killed him. The wounds could have been self-inflicted, the medical examiner determined, and Gentry likely died of abdominal bleeding.