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Man Shot By Police On College Campus Was Suicidal

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Police say the man shot on a community college campus yesterday—after calling in a phony hostage situation—was suicidal.El Camino College Police responded to a 911 call made by 18-year old Peyton A. Dingman yesterday morning, who claimed there was someone holding a woman hostage in a school parking lot. When police arrived they encountered only Dingman and shot him after he pulled what appeared to be a gun out of his pocket. Upon further investigation it turned out to be a pellet gun wrapped in black electrical tape, apparently made to appear like a real firearm. A suicide note was later found at his home, reports City News Service.

No one else on campus, which is near Torrance, was harmed and no hostage was found by police.

Dingman was rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery and is expected to survive. He will face criminal charges, says the sheriff's department.

Dingman attended El Camino College last summer.

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If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone, remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt, and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.