Hands On A Hardbody Contest Postponed After Contestant Takes Own Life

A Tyler man who was entered in the "Hands On A Hardbody" contest is dead after a standoff with Longview police.

It happened at around 6 o'clock this morning at the K-Mart on McCann Road in Longview.

Authorities tell us 24 year old Richard Vega, Junior broke into the store after being eliminated from the contest and got a gun from the sporting goods department.

When officers approached him, they say he shot himself.

The remaining contestants in the "Hands on a Hardbody" contest were sent home this morning.

A decision on whether or not to continue the contest is expected later today.