CASEYVILLE, IL (KMOX) – The St. Clair County Coroner confirmed reports Thursday afternoon that Caseyville Police Chief J.D. Roth, suspended over misconduct charges, killed himself this morning.
Coroner Rick Stone says Roth died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The coroner’s office was called to Roth’s home at 9407 Avalon Drive in Fairview Heights at 10:50 Thursday morning.
Roth was put on paid administrative leave earlier this year. The two counts of official misconduct in May came about after an investigation by local, state and federal agencies, including the Illinois State Police, the FBI, the St. Clair County State’s Attorney and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The first count stemmed from a truck seized in a drug bust by Caseyville Police. Investigators say Roth drove the 2003 Dodge Dakota Ram 1500 pickup for personal and police business.
The truck was then put up for auction by the village board in Caseyville but instead of auctioning it, the board told Roth to get bids from local car dealers. Roth did get a $7,500 bid from a dealership where a friend worked. However, the bid process came under fire from Caseyville officers who investigated and found that Roth bought the truck from the dealership a month later. The State’s Attorney’s office pointed out that state law prohibits public officials or employees from buying or benefiting from seized property.
The second count of official misconduct is connected to luggage bought with village funds that Roth carried for his personal use.
Each count of official misconduct is a Class 3 felony, punishable by two to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine.