West Linn police last week investigated an apparent suicide near Willamette Christian Church on Salamo Road.
The incident happened just off Salamo at Bland Circle and Brandywine Drive, police Sgt. Neil Hennelly said.
A resident who lives in a townhome across Salamo Road from the church heard a gunshot and called 9-1-1 just after 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
It was in view and earshot of the public.
Authorities believe the victim parked his car before getting out and shooting himself.