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Retired NC official commits suicide before Franklin deputies can question him in investigation

February 5, 2019
James Prosser

A retired state official killed himself last week after Franklin County deputies went to his Youngsville home, authorities said.

James Prosser served as assistant secretary of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs under former Gov. Pat McCrory.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, deputies went to his home Thursday to talk to him about a joint investigation between the department and the State Bureau of Investigation. When they arrived, Prosser walked out the back door of the home and shot himself in a nearby wooded area, authorities said.

Authorities have refused to provide details about the investigation because of his death.

Prosser, an Air Force veteran, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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