YUMA, AZ - Sheriff's officials in Yuma County say a veteran Arizona Department of Public Safety officer has apparently committed suicide shortly after he was questioned as a suspect in a child molestation case.
Sheriff's Capt. Eben Bratcher says the body of DPS officer James Howard was found Wednesday afternoon just hours after he was questioned at his home in the eastern Yuma County community of Roll. Howard's body was found at an area shooting range dead of a gunshot wound to the head.
Bratcher said Friday an adult woman contacted deputies early last month and reported she was molested by Howard when she was a child more than 20 years ago.
Deputies served a search warrant at Howard's home Wednesday morning and questioned but did not arrest him in the case.
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