Former Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich had talked for years of taking his life but left no suicide note when he fatally shot himself in February, investigators said Tuesday.
UMSL Political Science professor Dave Robertson says Conservative Gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway could be hurt if police announce it was negative campaign tactics that pushed Schweich over the edge.
The police officer making a traffic stop in suburban St. Louis was confronted with some unexpected honesty when the driver told him bluntly: “I’m not gonna lie. I sell marijuana.”
Jefferson City police announced at a news conference that Jackson left behind a suicide note, but they have not revealed its content or themes.
Clayton Detective Lt. Don Bass said they have found no evidence Schweich was the target of bullying, threats or blackmail.
The Missouri Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling, declined to intervene Saturday. The court’s majority concluded there was no evidence that Clayton despite his brain injury isn’t capable of understanding his circumstances.
Clayton Police Chief Kevin Murphy says while Schweich left no suicide note “on paper” at his Clayton home, detectives continue to search his electronic devices for any possible note or explanation into the shooting.
His spokesman Spence Jackson says the service will be held at the Church of St. Michael and St. George, an episcopal church where Schweich was a member.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar was among those being saluted by members of the public
Police are investigating a fatal, officer-involved shooting in Berkeley.