Suicide victim identified as former Osage County magistrate judge

A man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot Tuesday in the parking lot of a Lyndon bank has been identified as a former Osage County magistrate judge.

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn identified the victim as Larry Coursen, 73, of Maple Hill. In a press release issued by the sheriff, she said her office and the Lyndon Police Department responded at 12:38 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a subject shooting himself in the front parking lot of the Citizens State Bank at 1400 Topeka Ave.

Dunn said today that the investigation continues into Coursen’s death, which was witnessed by two people who were at the Lyndon 66 convenience store across the street from the bank. The sheriff said when officers arrived at the scene, Coursen was found deceased. A handgun was recovered from the scene.

In the press release, Dunn reported that Coursen had not entered the bank prior to the incident, and no one in the bank or surrounding area was harmed.

According to Osage County District Court Clerk Charna Williams, Coursen served as Osage County’s magistrate judge for about 30 years before retiring in 2002. At that time, Coursen was a resident of Overbrook, where he had served as the city’s municipal judge for a similar amount of time, retiring from that position in 2004, according to the Overbrook City Clerk Jim Koger. Following his retirement, Coursen had also served a four-year term as an Overbrook city council member, which ended in 2009.

Dunn said the Lyndon Police Department, with the assistance of the sheriff’s office, is continuing the investigation of Coursen’s death.

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