Breathing heavily, as if on the verge of hyperventilating, the girlfriend identifies herself as Megan as says, "My boyfriend shot himself!"
The dispatcher repeatedly asks the distraught woman to take deep breaths and try to calm down, and asks for her boyfriend's name and age. When Megan tells her, the emergency operator repeats Seau's name.
Megan explains that she found Seau lying lifelessly on his back on a bed in a spare bedroom of his home on Oceanside's Strand South after she returned from a gym workout.
The dispatcher asks where the gun was, and she replies, "Next to him in the bed." When the emergency operator asks where Seau shot himself, Megan says, "In the heart."
In response to the dispatcher's questions, the girlfriend says Seau apparently was not breathing.
After the grief-stricken woman asks what she should do, the dispatcher instructs her to move the former linebacker to the floor so she can perform CPR. Megan replies, "He weighs 260 pounds" then says she'll try, and soon gets back on the line to say she's gotten him off the bed.
The dispatcher then puts a medic on the line to talk the girlfriend through resuscitation techniques. At that point, Megan is told emergency personnel have arrived at the beachfront home, and she can be heard going to the front door and letting them in.
On Thursday, the county Medical Examiner's Office ruled Seau's death a suicide by gunshot to the chest. He apparently left no note explaining his decision to end his life.
Public and private memorials in the local icon's longtime hometown of Oceanside are tentatively planned for late next week.
The following transcript contains excerpts from the 911 call:
Operator: 911 Emergency
Caller: My boyfriend shot himself. Oh my God!
Operator: Ma'am, what's going on there?
Caller: My boyfriend shot himself in the (unintelligible)
Operator: Who shot himself?
Caller: Junior Seau my boyfriend.
Operator: Your boyfriend?
Operator: Do you know if he's breathing?
Caller: I don't think so.
Operator: Okay, where is the gun?
Caller: Next to him in the bed.
Operator: What is your boyfriend's name?
Caller: Junior Seau.
Operator: Okay, it's Junior Seau.
Operator: Do you know when this happened?
Caller: I've been gone for an hour.
Operator: Within the last hour?
Operator: Can you check his pulse; see if his chest is rising?
Caller: It's not rising.
Operator: Okay, Megan, where did he shoot himself?
Caller: I can't tell Ma'am. It looks like in the heart.
Operator: He shot himself in the chest?
Caller: It looks like it, yeah.
Operator: What happened?
Caller: I just came home from the gym, and he's in our spare bedroom, and he
shot himself, and it looks like he shot himself in the chest.
Operator: Okay, is he conscious?
Caller: I don't think so, no. He's definitely not conscious.
Operator: Is he breathing?
Operator: Okay, do you want to do CPR?
Caller: Yes, yes.
Operator: Okay, do you know how to do CPR?
Caller: No, can you help me?
Operator: Listen carefully, I'm going to tell you how to do chest compressions,
okay, make sure he's flat on his back on the ground.
Caller: He's on the bed.
Operator: Okay, can you get him on the ground without hurting yourself?
Caller: Sir, he weighs 260 pounds. I don't know.
Operator: Do you have a bread board or something you can put underneath his back?
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