A spokesperson with the state tells WSAZ that a West Virginia trooper from the Romney detachment shot and killed himself Tuesday night shortly after he was placed on administrative leave.
State Police in Hampshire County found Corporal V.J. Gall, 46, in his house between 9:30pm and 10:00pm when they showed up to ask him questions about an investigation about him, according to Joe Thornton, Deputy Secretary for Operations & Media in the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.
Thornton says Gall had been relieved of duty pending the outcome of a criminal investigation involving him just hours before he was found dead -- and that no details about the investigation are being released yet.
According to Thornton, it appears that Gall shot himself with a gun that was found at the scene. He says it was not Gall's service weapon, since he had to turn that in along with his badge as a part of his administrative leave. Troopers are still investigating his death.
Gall worked with the West Virginia State Police for 10.5 years. He was not married and did not have any children.
Gall is the second West Virginia trooper to commit suicide in the last year. Trooper Marlo Gonzales shot and killed himself last July inside his cruiser in Putnam County.
Since Gonzales' death, Governor Joe Manchin called for the formation of a committee to investigate trooper suicides. The final report from that committee, released mid-January, called for mandatory annual mental evaluations for troopers. (click on the story link below for more information about the report)
Is it really that bad for Troopers in West Virgina. Like the Corporal that shot himself because of the higher ups getting to him.