CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A report released Friday by the West Virginia State Police details the last days of Marlo Gonzales, the state trooper who killed himself in his cruiser on July 17.
The report describes a man in emotional turmoil, one who had stopped taking his depression medication and who had suicidal thoughts at least a year before his death.
It also describes a man unhappy with his job with the State Police and with his marriage.
Gonzales, a 13-year veteran of the force, filed seven requests for leave with the State Police in two years, according to the document. He twice called another State Police officer the day he committed suicide to ask about the State Police retirement system.
Gonzales, 39, talked to his father-in-law, Frank McCallister, at McCallister's office the day he died.
"I can't go on the way that I'm going on," Gonzales told McCallister, according to the report.
Gonzales told his father-in-law that he had tried to take a leave of absence but had been denied, according to the report. He also expressed concern that his temporary assignment to South Charleston would be extended.
"Cpl. Gonzales indicated he was being treated unfairly by the State Police and was unsatisfied with his current duty assignment," according to the report. "Mr. McCallister's statements reflected his beliefs Cpl. Gonzales was not treated fairly by the State Police."
Gonzales and McCallister prayed together, according to the report, and McCallister quoted a biblical psalm to Gonzales.
McCallister and Angel Gonzales, the trooper's wife, told police that Gonzales had stopped taking Zoloft, which had been prescribed for him to fight depression, four days before he shot himself.
Gonzales told McCallister that the medication "was making him feel like a 'zombie,'" according to the report. He also said that when he didn't take it, he felt "like he could rip a tree out of the ground."
He also said that he didn't talk to his wife or anyone else.
The day he died, Gonzales asked Cpl. T.S. Mills about the State Police retirement policy at 9 a.m. Mills told investigators that Gonzales appeared relaxed and there was no indication of problems.
Gonzalez called back just before 5 p.m. and again asked Mills about retirement. The conversation ended after a few minutes and Mills said he didn't detect any problems.