Church Shooting Suspect Attempts Suicide

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - Authorities in New Jersey say a man
charged with killing his estranged wife and another person in a
church service shooting has tried to commit suicide in jail by
overdosing on drugs.

Passaic County Sheriff's Department spokesman William Maer said
Joseph Pallipurath was hospitalized in stable condition Tuesday.

Maer says the man had been hoarding medications and took a combination of prescription and nonprescription drugs including
aspirin. The suicide attempt was thwarted by a corrections officer
who noticed that Pallipurath had vomited in his cell.

Pallipurath is charged with killing his wife and a man who came to her aid inside a Paterson church on Nov. 23. The wife's cousin was critically wounded.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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