Texas judge dies in courthouse of suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 14:11 EDT
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Corpus Christie Judge Tom Greenwell.
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A judge in Corpus Christie was found shot to death in his courthouse chambers on Monday evening, in what some initial reports are speculating was a suicide.

The body of State District Judge Tom Greenwell (R) was found in his office by a cleaning crew around 7 p.m., according to KIII-TV. The 57-year-old judge died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Authorities did not say whether foul play was involved, but police initially combed the scene for a potentially active shooter. Reporters said that after about a half hour of looking for a potential shooter, officers appeared much more calm.

A gun was recovered from Greenwell’s office, according to KRIS-TV. Investigators told the station that it was found next to his body.

This video is from KIII-TV, broadcast Monday, July 15, 2013.

KiiiTV3.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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