Police chief targeted by Texas Rangers commits suicide

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A police chief who faced criminal investigation by the Texas Rangers killed himself at his home in Bruceville-Eddy on Friday, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported. 

Marlin Police Chief Nathan Sodek, 30, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Falls County District Attorney Jody Gilliam told the newspaper.

“I cried because he is old enough to be my son, but like I’ve told the other guys, I just want people to know to pray for his family, pray for his soul and pray for our city to come together during this time,” Marlin City Manager Cedric Davis told the Tribune-Herald.

The nature of the Texas Rangers investigation is unclear. District Judge Ralph Strother told the Tribune-Herald that Texas Ranger James Burson called him Friday morning to see if Strother could issue a search warrant to seize and examine Sodek’s cell phone, but Burson never came to get the warrant.

Gilliam said she was aware of the investigation, but recused her office from involvement.

Sodek went to work for the Marlin Police Department in August 2017 and was appointed as interim chief in October 2018 after former chief Michael Pesses resigned. He was named permanent chief the following month.

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