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Baryluk died instantly, sister-in-law told

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Andrew Baryluk, died instantly from a 22-calibre bullet wound to the head, according to information obtained by his family from the office of the chief medical examiner.

Colleen Baryluk, the sister-in-law of the 53-year-old who was involved last week with police at his barricaded North End home, expressed relief at learning that he didn’t lie in the house suffering after he shot himself and before police found his body around 3 a.m. July 31. after a 17-hour siege.

"Horribly enough," she told the Free Press this morning, "that gives me comfort."

"He died in the front room, the living room," Baryluk said.

"It was clear he shot himself," she added. "There were no other bullets in his body."

The bullet entered just below the ear, she was told, and travelled upward into the brain, which is why it is classified as a head wound.

"The bullet stopped in the brain," she said, "where it fragmented."

Police offered none of those details at a news conference Wednesday – six days after Baryluk died – when Winnipeg Police Chief Devon Clunis announced that Baryluk died from a self-inflicted bullet wound.

Colleen only learned more after calling the medical examiner’s office Thursday afternoon and asking.

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Updated on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 2:47 PM CDT: Changes headline

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