Missouri Republican Official Dies After Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound


On Thursday, in what his staff described as a “medical situation,” Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, 54, was taken to a hospital.


Fox 2 Now reports that Schweich sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Auditor’s office confirmed that he was pronounced dead.

“It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich today. Please keep in mind his wife Kathy and two children.” writes the Auditor’s spokesman Spence Jackson.

Schweich, a Republican, won re-election to a second, four-year term in November.

About a month ago, he announced that he is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in 2016.

His spokesman, Spence Jackson, said the auditor “experienced a medical situation at his home” in Clayton on Thursday morning and was being treated at a St. Louis area hospital.

Schweich was in office as auditor since January 2011.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt wrote:

“Tom was very smart, very capable, outstanding at his job, and a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathy, their children, and the rest of Tom’s friends and family as they deal with this tragic loss.”

Many others are offering their condolences at this time. There were no other details offered.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Schweich’s family.

H/T: Friend of FON’s @AndrewsDisciple (who is really R.J. Carter but don’t tell anyone, k?) with thanks.

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