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Feb 3, 2014 6:29 PM by AP

Coroner: Morgan City chief's death a suicide

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The fatal shooting of the Morgan City, La., police chief at a Biloxi casino hotel has been ruled a suicide.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove tells The Sun-Herald  Monday that 46-year-old Travis Anthony Crouch died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

Crouch had gone to Biloxi on Friday with a group of friends who had separate hotel rooms at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. Detective Sgt. Christopher De Back says one of Crouch's friends found him in a hotel room. Police were notified of the shooting about 11:05 p.m. Friday.

Crouch was a 22-year veteran of the Morgan City Police Department and had been the city's police chief for nearly a year.

Funeral services will be Friday in Morgan City.

If you or someone you may know is contemplating suicide call the 24 hour suicide prevention hotline number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Crouch Foundation is the only suicide prevention resource in Acadiana and they can be reached at (337) 234-1828.

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