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Reminiscent of the state treasurer from Pennsylvania who committed suicide in front of live television cameras in 1987, suspended Miami Commissioner Art Teele shot himself in the Miami Herald building late this afternoon.

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Early reports indicate that Teele survived the shooting, and was transported to Ryder Trauma Center. Witnesses said that Teele has one gun shot wound to the head and he had lost a great deal of blood.

The former commissioner has faced a myriad of troubles over the past few years, including federal charges for money laundering and mail and wire fraud.

Teele was convicted in March of threatening a Miami-Dade police officer. He is awaiting trial on other fraud charges in state court.

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UPDATE: Teele has died.

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