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Suicide outside Congressman Ryan's Janesville office


JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Police say the man who shot himself in front of U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan's office in Janesville had contact with the congressman's staff in the past.

Rep. Ryan's office was closed Wednesday, following an unexpected tragedy-- Mark Kromrey, 42, shot himself in the head nearly two years after sending the congressman a letter saying he'd commit suicide there.

Kromrey wrote to Ryan--upset that a lawsuit he filed with the Department of Justice was dismissed. The man believed he found an Internet conspiracy to harm actress Ami Dolenz--daughter of Micky Dolenz of The Monkees.

"He had apparently encountered her on the Internet and he felt that she was being slandered," says Chief David Moore, of the Janesville Police Department.

Ryan's office contacted authorities immediately--who reached out to Kromrey to help. Moore couldn't elaborate on whether Kromrey received medical treatment, but despite whatever happened, on Tuesday, he took his own life in Olde Town Mall on Main Street.

Steven Rosenthal, a nearby business owner, says he was working when he heard the gunshot. He ran out in the hallway to see if he could help. The acupuncturist gave Kromrey CPR until paramedics arrived.

"I'm here to help people, and I helped this young man and did everything I could, just keep breathing life into him," says Rosenthal.

Rosenthal says the incident made him realize life is precious and short.

Congressman Ryan's office released a statement Wednesday, saying:

"I am deeply saddened by the tragic event which occurred yesterday near my Janesville Constituent Services Center. My prayers are with Mr. Kromrey's family and the entire Janesville community during this difficult time. We remain grateful for the efforts of the Janesville Police Department and first responders in their handling of this matter."

Police say by law they can't release information on whether Kromrey had a permit to carry the gun he used to kill himself. The incident is still under investigation.
Experts say the man's story emphasizes the importance of recognizing suicide warning signs.

"Statements about hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness. Sometimes a warning sign is a preoccupation with death," says Kate Flanagan, mental health manager at Rock County Human Services.

Flanagan says it's important to recognize the signs and take action if necessarily. Call 911 if there is immediate danger, and contact the Rock County Crisis Line to get help: 608-757-5025.


JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Police say the man who shot himself in front of U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan's office in Janesville had contact with the congressman's staff in the past.

According to officials, in 2010, 42-year-old Mark Kromrey sent Rep. Ryan a letter saying he intended to commit suicide near the Congressman's office out of frustration and dissatisfaction with the outcome of a lawsuit he filed with the U.S. Department of Justice, specifically the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Tuesday afternoon, Kromrey shot himself in the head near the office at the Olde Town Mall. Kromrey was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Jennifer Kliese will have more on this developing story tonight on 27 News at 5 and 6.

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