Something doesn't add up in this story: Suicide or not?

Something doesn't add up in this story: Suicide or not?

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    Something doesn't add up in this story: Suicide or not?

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    Fire Chief / EMS Director Found Dead From Self-Inflicted Gunshot - Texas

    A veteran Liberty County fire chief who was found dead of a gunshot wound took his own life, the Jefferson County Medical Examiner's Office ruled today.

    Steve Wheeler, who served as fire chief among other duties in the town of Cleveland, was found Monday afternoon in the kitchen of his home in a rural area of Liberty County, north of Houston. He had been shot once in the chest.

    Based on the angle of the bullet, as well as other evidence, the medical examiner concluded that Wheeler's death was a suicide, said Capt. Harry Kelly, lead detective for the Liberty County Sheriff's Office.

    Wheeler's wife, Angie, found his body at their second home near Tarkington off County Road 2021, said Hugh Bishop, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

    Wheeler, 55, recently had bought the pistol that fired the fatal bullet, friends said. Cleaning equipment for the gun was on a nearby table when his wife walked into their house on Pelican Road.

    "Nobody had seen Wheeler since noon and so his wife went out to look for him," said Vanesa Brashier, a local newspaper editor. "Wheeler sometimes liked to go out to their small frame house in the country during the day for some peace and quiet."

    Kelly said it appeared that Wheeler had been sitting at the kitchen table when the shot was fired. Kelly took statements from Wheeler's family and friends, but declined to discuss them.

    Cleveland City Manager Philip Cook said Wheeler also was the town's emergency management coordinator, emergency medical service director and fire marshal. About 9,000 people live in the city.

    "In a small town like Cleveland, you wear several hats,'' Cook said.

    Wheeler first worked as a volunteer firefighter and then was hired as the department's fire safety inspector in 1982. Other titles and responsibilities were added later.

    Cook said city employees had not noticed any change in Wheeler's demeanor, which he described as usually positive.

    "We're all in shock,'' said Cook. "He was well liked, a person who has gotten us through several hurricanes lately.''

    Cleveland fireman John Davis was overcome with emotion after learning of Wheeler's death.

    "The city of Cleveland has lost someone precious," Davis said between tears. "Steve is the reason that I became a fireman 12 years ago."

    Survivors include his wife, a teenage daughter and two grown children.
    "Each worker carried his sword strapped to his side." Nehemiah 4:18

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    hmm, idk, i had a friend of mine kill himself in that fashion, cleaned the gun before he used it evidently. . . so its plausable

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    He may have been trying to cover up the suicide as to not void an insurance payment to his family. If it looks to be accidental and is ruled so the insurance would pay off and maybe double indemnity for accidental death. JMO Many try to make it look like an accident just to prevent the family from embarrassment.
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    "was unusually positive".....

    Having worked in suicide prevention, this is a BIG SIGN..... most people who are truly determined to commit suicide are very positive right before they do it, as they have decided what they are going to do..... and I guess know that their internal battles will soon be over.

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    Either way, sad ending to a life that seemed to have helped so many. A girl I dated in HS, had a younger sister commit suicide while we where dating. She was happier the week prior to her death than I had ever seen her.
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