PLOT THICKENS: Army Reservist Kills Man In Manhattan Then Kills Himself In Philadelphia


INQUIRER: An Army reservist wanted in the stabbing death of a man outside Manhattan’s main post office was found dead Tuesday night, an apparent suicide, in West Philadelphia, police said. Sirmone McCaulla, 28, was discovered by his ex-girlfriend in the bathtub of her apartment on the 4900 block of Pine Street. The woman called police about 5:45 p.m. When police arrived, they found McCaulla slumped in the partially filled tub with a plastic garbage bag over his head and a television cable box on his chest, police said. McCaulla, a veteran who served in Kuwait, had been wanted after a fatal altercation Sunday in Midtown Manhattan across from Madison Square Garden. Surveillance cameras captured video of McCaulla as he bumped into Christopher Gutierrez, 20, about 6 p.m. at Eighth Avenue and 33d Street. The two men continued past each other for a short distance, then turned to face each other. Gutierrez, father of a year-old child, took off his coat and assumed a “fight stance,” New York Police knife_1.jpgCommissioner Raymond Kelly said. McCaulla responded similarly, and the two men approached each other. Drawing a knife, McCaulla lunged several times at Gutierrez, stabbing him twice in the torso. McCaulla walked away calmly as Gutierrez lay mortally wounded on the post office steps. MORE

NEW YORK POST: An Army reserves soldier fatally stabbed a stranger outside the city’s main post office left a rambling suicide note claiming that he acted in self-defense. Sir’mone McCaulla, 28, posted the self-pitying note on his MySpace page and e-mailed it to loved ones before he took his own life in the bathtub of his ex-girlfriend’s Philadelphia apartment. “Not gonna lie didn’t mean to kill him just wanted to stop the threat,” McCaulla wrote. MORE

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