Former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris’ husband shot himself in the face with a shotgun and likely died instantly, according to the police report on Tuesday’s incident.
According to the “suicide by firearm” report released by police in Sarasota, where Harris and husband Anders Ebbeson recently built a house designed to look like a French castle, cops found Harris on the doorsteps when they arrived at the home about 7:40 a.m.
Harris, 57, was described as “crying hysterically” when she told officers: “My husband’s been shot!”
She also told cops Ebbeson, 68, was “upstairs, somewhere.”
The report states three officers entered the 18,000-square-foot home and eventually found Ebbeson on the floor of a bathroom.
“The victim had an apparent gunshot to the face and appeared to be deceased,” the report reads.
Ebbeson was pronounced dead by medics at 7:52 a.m.
The report notes there was no evidence of drug or alcohol use at the scene.
Ebbeson was reportedly ill, but the family hasn’t released the nature of the illness.
Sarasota Medical Examiner Dr. Russell Vega said the results of the autopsy have yet to be finalized, but said the office is working the case on the assumption it was a suicide.
Real estate report
Actor Matt Damon is getting antsy.
The star of The Bourne Identity and the HBO Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra just discounted the mansion in Miami Beach that he is selling by $1 million.
It’s still pretty expensive, though.
It’ll now cost you $18,999,000 to snag the property, located on the upscale north part of North Bay Road.
Damon first put the 12,700-square-foot waterfront crib on the market in April for $20 million.
The 43-year-old actor bought two adjacent lots on Biscayne Bay in 2005 for a total $14.6 million, according to records. The property now has a total 170 feet of Biscayne Bay frontage.
The house once belonged to Bee Gees singer Maurice Gibb, and Damon updated it nicely.
A real estate source tells Gossip Extra the discount reflects that interest in the property over the past seven months hasn’t been what Damon expected.
T.O., law firm settle
The lawsuit that out-of-work football star Terrell Owens filed against the high-profile Miami law firm of Greenberg Traurig has been quietly dismissed.
T.O. sued in 2011 because, he claimed, the firm and an attorney who allegedly acted as his financial advisor convinced him to invest $2 million in a Montgomery, Ala. entertainment center that included an electronic bingo parlor deemed illegal in the state.
Owens lost his money.
To make matters worse, his investment in a gambling operation constituted a violation of NFL policies.
The dismissal papers don’t make clear whether Owens received damages, or any money. It simply mentions that both TO and the defendants have to pay their own legal bills.
“The matter has been amicably resolved,” said Michael Simon, the former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver’s attorney. “I can’t comment further.”
Greenberg Traurig’s spokesman didn’t return calls for comment.
Owens claimed in court papers that neither the law firm nor Linden disclosed to him that the project was in trouble after the developer was arrested on charges of attempting to bribe Alabama state legislators.
Owens, 39, is said to have lost most of the estimated $80 million he made as a pro football player, mostly in bad business deals.