LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani private guard shot and killed himself Tuesday in front of the U.S. Consulate in the eastern city of Lahore, police said.
The guard shot himself with his own gun during business hours at the consulate, senior police officer Safdar Raza Kazmi said.
Kazmi said the guard was transported to a hospital, where he told officers before his death that he shot himself because of his "uneasy relations with his family."
The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad in a statement said it was saddened over death of the guard, who had worked at the consulate for four years. The statement described him as having "an excellent work history" and as being "a well-respected member of our team."
U.S. diplomatic posts around the world rely on armed local police and private guards for their security outside their walls, while U.S. Marines often provide security on their grounds.