Missouri: State official, leading Republican Tom Schweich, apparently commits suicide

Missouri: State official, leading Republican Tom Schweich, apparently commits suicide

[Ed. – Hmm.  Something amiss here.]

Tom Schweich, Missouri’s Republican state auditor and a leading contender for the governor’s office in next year’s election, has died, according to his office.

Earlier in the day, a police source said Schweich had sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The police source said Schweich’s wife was in another room of their house when she heard her husband making phone calls, followed by a single gunshot.

He was 54.

His death was confirmed by his office early Thursday afternoon, just hours after Schweich had requested an interview with reporters for the Post-Dispatch and the Associated Press at his Clayton home later in the day.

Before that interview could take place, Schweich was taken to a St. Louis-area hospital, for what his office initially described only as “a medical situation” that occurred at his home.

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