Government & Politics

Evidence points to suicide as cause of Schweich death, authorities say

Authorities in Clayton, Mo., said Thursday “everything we know at this time” points to suicide as the cause of death of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich.

Clayton Police Chief Kevin Murphy said officers were called the Schweich’s home at 9:48 a.m. Thursday. They found the auditor there, suffering from a single gunshot wound.

He was treated at the home and then transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Murphy said the department’s investigating is ongoing. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

Murphy declined to say if authorities found a note or any communication from Schweich, but he said family members are cooperating with the investigation.

He said at least one family member — believed to be Schweich’s wife — was at home at the time of the incident.

Murphy would not disclose specifics about the weapon involved in the shooting or where Schweich was wounded.

The 54-year-old auditor had planned to meet with reporters Thursday, a meeting cut short by the apparent suicide.

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