Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant was found dead inside his home late Monday night of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to city and county officials.
Bryant's death comes less than one week after news broke that he was under investigation by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement for allegedly cheating on his continuing education training.
Bryant was first elected to office in 1997 after defeating longtime sheriff David Coffee.
In March of this year he was re-elected to office after receiving nearly 70 percent of the votes in a hotly-contested Republican Party Primary.
He is survived by his wife Donnie and son Thom Allen.
The E-T will bring you more information about this tragic story as it develops.