State’s First Openly Gay Deputy Sheriff Found Dead at His Desk in Apparent Suicide

By Fox News. Philadelphia’s first openly gay Deputy Sheriff committed suicide at his desk from an apparent gunshot wound on Friday, just before the city’s weekend of pride celebrations were set to begin.

Dante Austin, 27, was found dead at his desk at the Philadelphia Sheriff’s office. An official cause of death is awaiting confirmation from the local Medical Examiner’s office.

Austin was an Army veteran who also served as the department’s first LGBTQ community liaison and was known as a “fierce advocate.” He was set to be promoted to the position of sergeant next month, according to CBS Philly.

Sheriff Jewell Williams reflected on Austin’s service with the Philadelphia Police Department, which he joined in 2013, and called his death “a tragedy for the Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Austin’s family and the local LGBTQ community.” (Read more from “State’s First Openly Gay Deputy Sheriff Found Dead at His Desk in Apparent Suicide” HERE)

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Texas Police Chief’s Body Found After Being Knocked Overboard by Large Wave

By Fox News. he Coast Guard-led search for a missing Texas police chief has ended with the recovery Sunday of his body.

Kemah Police Chief Chris Reed, a paratrooper when he served in the Army, was reported missing after being knocked off his fishing boat Friday into Galveston Bay by the wake of a passing large vessel.

At 7:54 a.m. Sunday a body matching the description of the chief was recovered from the water by a Galveston County Marine Unit boat crew near mile marker 32 on the west end of the Houston Ship Channel, the City of Kemah said. . .

Reed, 50, was out on his boat with his wife.

Local media reported that he wasn’t wearing a life jacket. (Read more from “Texas Police Chief’s Body Found After Being Knocked Overboard by Large Wave” HERE)

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