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Published: Tuesday, 3/31/2009

Monroe police officer found dead after self-inflicted gun shot wound


A Monroe police officer apparently distraught over personal issues shot himself in his car early this morning, said Monroe Police Chief John Michrina.

Officer Gary Fortner was found dead from a self-inflicted gun shot wound at Roessler Field at 12:30 a.m.

Fellow officers became concerned when Officer Fortner failed to appear for the midnight shift roll call at 11 p.m. They checked the area and discovered his body.

Officer Fortner had been a member of the department since 2001.

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