A MS police chief who had just been suspended shot and killed himself Thursday in the police department's parking lot, officials said, in what was described as "a bad day for law enforcement". Adam added he believed the shooting was intentional.
Officials with the Hancock County Sheriff's Department confirm Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike DeNardo has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
DeNardo had been chief of police in Bay St. Louis since November 2010, according to the Bay St. Louis Police Department's website. Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said Chief DeNardo died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016.
DeNardo reportedly died at a hospital after being rushed from outside of the police department, where he shot himself about 3 p.m.
The chief deputy says investigators know of no witnesses to the shooting, and he is unsure who found the body and reported the shooting.
Mayor Les Fillingame told The Associated Press that DeNardo was under investigation by the Hancock County Sheriff's Office. He would give no details but said he believed DeNardo would have been cleared of any wrongdoing.
"He was just a tremendous public servant, and he's going to be greatly missed", Fillingame said.
Bass said city administrators told the sheriff's office that DeNardo had turned in some of his equipment earlier. A WLOX News Now reporter at the scene said several police officers were visibly upset by the news.