A security guard, contracted by the ICICI Bank to guard its ATM counter, shot himself in the neck with his licensed SBBL (single barrel breech loading) weapon near Chikkabanavara Lake near Soladevanahalli here on Tuesday night.

The police said as Umesh (35), a native of Napoklu of Virajpet in Madikeri district, was suffering from depression.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North Division) H.S. Revanna told The Hindu his family said he had attempted suicide a fortnight back.

Umesh, after his duty, went to the Anjaneyaswamy temple near the lake and shot himself around 11 p.m. Locals, who had heard the sound, went to the spot early morning and called the police.