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KBI: Junction City PD employee died from self-inflicted gunshot wound, autopsy indicates

Published: Feb. 18, 2020 at 2:34 PM CST
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Update Wednesday, Feb.19, 2020

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says a preliminary autopsy indicates a retired Junction City police officer turned civilian employee died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The KBI and the Junction City Police Department identified the police department employee and retired officer who died Tuesday morning in the department parking lot as 58-year-old Mark Roberts. The KBI says since retirement, Roberts worked his civilian position for the Junction City Police Department.

"He served the department and community for 27 years," the KBI says.

While the preliminary autopsy indicates Roberts died by suicide, the KBI says the investigation into Roberts' death continues.

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Feb. 18, 2020

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is investigating the death of a Junction City Police Department employee after an incident occurred Tuesday morning in the police department’s parking lot.

The Junction City Police Department requested KBI assistance at approximately 9:25 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, to investigate the circumstances of the man’s death. KBI agents and the Crime Scene Response Team (CSRT) responded.

At around 9:10 a.m., a Junction City police officer exited the police department and discovered a 58-year-old civilian employee who had suffered a fatal gunshot wound. At this time, there is no evidence that a crime occurred, but a full investigation is being conducted. No threat to the public exists related to this incident.

The employee will be identified once all next of kin have been notified. The investigation is ongoing.