Marijuana Growing Suspect Dies from Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound (ADDING NAME OF SUSPECT)

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Published on September 13 2012 2:31 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The suspect in a marijuana growing operation in Clark County shot himself to death when confronted by authorities Wednesday afternoon.

Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force Commander Kelly Hodge said the suspect, 49-year-old William Waller, was found in the marijuana field at a residence in rural Clark County about 2:50pm.  Hodge said as officers from the Task Force and the Clark County Sheriff's Department approached Waller, he began to run.  After being ordered by police to stop, Waller pulled a handgun and shot himself in the head, resulting in his death.

Hodge said another individual at the scene originally identified as a suspect lives on the property, but had no involvement in the marijuana growing operation.

The Clark County Coroner's Office is working with Illinois State Police Zone 7 Investigations on the case.  Zone 7 was asked by the Clark County Sheriff's Department to assist in the investigation.

Clark County Coroner Jeff Pearce said an autopsy conducted Thursday afternoon confirmed that Waller's death was due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.