[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.