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Published: Saturday, 7/29/2006

Holland police chief dead of apparent suicide


The police chief of Holland for the past 17 years killed himself last night near Sidney, Ohio.

Chief Doug Kaiser, 45, shot himself in the head with a handgun after being pursued in a vehicle by Sidney police officers and Shelby County sheriff s deputies.

He was police chief of the small western Lucas County village since 1989.

Holland Mayor Mike Yunker declined to discuss the circumstances of the chief s death.

Chief Kaiser was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be scheduled with the Montgomery County Coroner s Office.

Chief Kaiser was first hired part-time for the police department in 1982 while still working full-time for the village street department. He became a full-time police officer and was promoted to chief four years later. The department has eight full-time officers, including the chief.

Mayor Yunker named Sgt. Bob Reed as acting chief.

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