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|McJunkins called 911 before apparent suicide|
"Very calm" is how Ouachita Parish Sheriff Richard Fewell described the demeanor of Tommy McJunkins when the former police juror and businessman phoned 911 Wednesday morning before apparently taking his own life.
About 10 a.m., McJunkins parked his car near Moon Lake and dialed 911 to tell deputies where to find his body.
"Sometime around ten, he called us, told us who he was and where he would be located," Fewell said.
McJunkins died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Fewell said. His body was found shortly thereafter by Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputies, who responded to his 911 call.
Fewell confirmed McJunkins left a suicide note on the dashboard of his automobile. He declined to discuss the specifics of the letter's contents.
"We had no indication this was marriage, bad credit issues or anything," Fewell said. "From what I've heard, this was strictly related to medical issues."
Fewell said investigators are still working to piece together the details of the apparent suicide, though they do not suspect foul play.
"It's just a tragedy," Fewell said. "He was a good friend to all of us."
McJunkins succeeded Adele Ransom to the Ouachita Parish Police Jury in 1996 and served District E until vacating the seat in 2001.
Brady Williams replaced McJunkins that year.
At one time McJunkins was one of the owners of Diamond Dodge in Bastrop, which is called Cowboy Dodge today. He also was the former owner of McJunkin's Tire.
McJunkins owned Corporate Computing at the time of his death.
It was McJunkins' computer business that prompted him to resign from the police jury some seven years ago.
For years, McJunkins' computer company conducted business with the police jury, including periods prior to him being elected to the District E seat on the police jury.
Following an Ethics Board ruling which said McJunkins could no longer do business with the police jury, he resigned from office.