Man tried and failed to commit suicide
EAGLE COUNTY – Investigators say they recently confirmed their suspicion that a man found outside Wolcott Feb. 7 shot in the chest and severely burned tried to commit suicide.Brad Quale, 43, set fire to his truck in the wilderness north of Wolcott, then shot himself in the chest with a shotgun, said Lt. Mike McWilliam of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.Quale came out of a drug-induced coma about two weeks ago, at which time he told McWilliam about his intentions.
“He said he attempted suicide with the shotgun and wasn’t successful,” McWilliam said. “He said he was off his medications and was depressed.”Quale’s mother, Carol Quale, has said she suspected her son was depressed after he split up with a woman he was involved with.The fire appears to have been started in the cab of the truck by Brad Quale before he shot himself, McWilliam said, adding he suspects Quale lit a phonebook to start the fire.”I’ve had a lot of suicides by gunshot wounds but never one where someone tried to burn themselves at the same time,” McWilliam said.
Brad Quale and the charred truck were found by a passerby four miles north of Wolcott off Highway 131, in a remote site called the Bocco Mountain Special Recreation Area.He grew up and lived in Stoughton, Wis., where he operated a horse-shoeing business before moving to Colorado in January.Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14622, or firstname.lastname@example.org.