CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A West Virginia State Police corporal was found dead Tuesday in an apparent suicide, shortly after his gun and badge were taken and he was notified that he was the subject of an internal investigation.
Cpl. V.J. Gall, 46, was found dead of a gunshot wound on the back porch of his home, said Joe Thornton, spokesman for the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.
Gall was relieved of duty at about 6 p.m. Tuesday and told he would be placed on administrative leave on Wednesday, Thornton said.
After Gall was notified of the internal investigation, "his service revolver and badge were taken," Thornton said. "Not a whole lot occurred after that. Apparently he left."
Troopers at the detachment were soon called out on an unrelated incident, Thornton said.
After responding to the call, troopers returned to their detachment and discovered that Gall was not there. They then went to Gall's house.
"The door was unlocked, they knocked and there was no response," Thornton said. The troopers then found Gall on the back porch.
Gall is the second State Police officer to commit an apparent suicide in the past year. Marlo Gonzales, a 13-year veteran of the force, shot himself in July with his service weapon inside his police cruiser while outside his father-in-law's house, police said.
Gall was with the department for 10 years, one in Martinsburg and the rest in Romney. He was not married and had no children, Thornton said.
Thornton would not comment on the details of the investigation of Gall.
"It was obviously serious enough to relieve him of duty pending further discovery," he said. "A criminal investigation could have resulted."