Investigation of Missouri police chief's death continues

An investigation into the death of a central Missouri police chief's at his home last month has not been completed, Randolph County Coroner Gerald Luntsford said.

Huntsville Police Chief William Stuck, 64, died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen Nov. 27, but details of the shooting have not been determined, Luntsford said.

Randolph County Sheriff Chief Deputy Nevin Turner said this week that Stuck's death had been ruled an accident and cited the coroner, The Columbia Daily Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1dt4V1I ).

But Luntsford said he has not made that ruling.

"I'm the one that signs the death certificate and completes the investigation," Luntsford said. "Until I get the gun back and the fingerprints done and the autopsy report, it isn't done."

Sgt. Kevin Hunter, a spokesman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control, said that unit's investigation is concluded but he could not release details until "everyone's investigation is complete."

It could be a few more weeks before the autopsy report is complete and Luntsford said he is waiting for the highway patrol lab to send information about the gun and any fingerprints found.

Luntsford said Stuck died within one to three minutes after a single gunshot to the lower abdomen struck his aorta. He said last month that Stuck's daughter was at home when he was wounded. Medical help was called but Stuck died before he could be taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center.

Stuck was president of the Missouri Federation of Police Chiefs.