Colorado police chief’s death ruled a suicide |

Colorado police chief’s death ruled a suicide

CREEDE, Colorado – The death of a rural southwest Colorado police chief has been ruled a suicide.

Mineral County Coroner Charles Downing said Monday that 51-year-old South Fork Police Chief Robert Harris died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head.

Downing says investigators determined the shooting was not accidental, but he declined to say if a note was found or release any other details.

Harris was found dead Thursday in his home in Creede, about 20 miles from South Fork. Downing would not say who found him.

Harris retired from the Army in 2004 after a 28-year career and was recently named police chief in South Fork.

A memorial service is planned for Wednesday afternoon in Creede.

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