Monday, November 2, 2009
Autopsy for Neil Gunn? Suicide Note? Witnesses?
Yes, folks, we have more questions:
Q1. Will there be or has there been an autopsy? If yes, when will the results be available?
Q2. Was there a suicide note? Typed or handwritten? Content?
A2. Yes. Scroll down to Burbank, California Post
Q3. Again, who saw him pull the trigger? Name/s?
Q4. What was the weapon?
Q5. Will there be a funeral/memorial? Where and when?
A5. Yes, Thursday in Northridge.
Today received an email with a link to an article regarding the recent suicide of Los Angeles Sheriff Deputy, Zoltan Richard Tombol. This comment was included:
"Isn't this how they usually commit suicide? Not on some residential street in broad daylight!"
Here is the article:
Los Angeles County deputy found dead in forest committed suicide
Posted on 2009 October 30 by BBVM
Authorities said Tuesday that the death of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy whose body was found in the Cleveland National Forest after a massive search last week has been ruled a suicide.
An autopsy performed on Zoltan Richard Tombol, 42, of Yorba Linda, showed that he died of a shotgun wound to the head, said Lt. Scot Collins of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department coroner’s bureau.
Collins said a 12-gauge shotgun and a cell phone were discovered near Tombol’s body, which was found Oct. 20 on a hillside near the 91 freeway and Green River Road in Corona. His body was discovered by a search-and-rescue team walking through the area.
Collins said a suicide note was not found.
The search began after Tombol’s wife filed a missing-person report the evening of Oct. 18 with the Brea Police Department after he failed to pick up his son from a cousin’s house. His wife last saw him at about 6:30 a.m. that day, said Brea Lt. Darrin Devereux.
Corona police found Tombol’s Ford F-150 pickup parked at the end of a fire-access road a couple of hours after the missing-person report was filed. There were no signs of foul play, said Brea Sgt. Bill Smyser said.
Tombol was an avid hiker and cross country runner who was initially believed to have gone on a hike, Smyser said.
Tombol was a 19-year Sheriff’s Department veteran who had worked in the training division since 2005. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne division, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore.
Whitmore said Tombol is survived by his wife, who is a sergeant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and a 14-year-old son.
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And another article on the same event:
Autopsy scheduled for body of L.A. County sheriff's deputy
Daily News Wire Services
Posted: 10/21/2009 06:39:20 AM PDT
Updated: 10/21/2009 06:46:54 AM PDT
YORBA LINDA - An autopsy is scheduled Wednesday morning on the body of a 42-year-old Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy found dead on a hillside in Riverside County.
Zoltan Richard Tombol of Yorba Linda was reported missing Sunday after he went for a run in the Cleveland National Forest outside Corona.
Searchers found Tombol's body about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, said Brea police Sgt. Bill Smyser. Brea police led the search for Tombol because they patrol Yorba Linda.
The body was about 350 yards southwest of Green River Road and the Riverside (91) Freeway in Corona, according to the Riverside County coroner.
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department launched a death investigation, and an autopsy will be performed by its Coroner's Bureau in Perris Wednesday morning, said Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez, a department spokesman.
Determining the cause of death may depend on toxicology tests, which could take six to eight weeks, he said.
Tombol was reported missing by his wife about 6:30 p.m. Sunday after he failed to pick up his son as planned, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore.
A multi-agency search team of more than 100 people -- some with bloodhounds, some on horseback -- scoured a three-mile area bordering the Cleveland National Forest, with two helicopters scouting the slopes from above, Whitmore said.
Tombol, a 19-year law-enforcement veteran and former member of the U.S. Army's elite 82nd Airborne Division, was an avid outdoorsman and hiker who was in great shape, he said. Tombol, reported to be 6 feet tall and 205 pounds, worked in the sheriff's Training Division.
"He handled use-of-force training," Deputy Jeff Gordon of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau in Monterey Park said Wednesday morning. "He trained deputies in new force techniques, new weapons and defensive tactics."
No foul play was suspected in the disappearance, Smyser said before the body was found.
Tombol's gray Ford F-150 pickup truck was discovered Monday by Corona police at the end of a fire access road south of Green River Road and the 91 freeway, Smyser said.
"This is all under investigation, and all of this will be looked at from top to bottom," Whitmore said. "It's a sad day for the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. We've lost a 19-year veteran, a valued member of our family."
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BURBANK VIDEO CLIPS
Mike Nolan brings up points of contradition in the statement read by Burbank Mayor Gary Bric regarding the investigations of the Burbank Police Department. Posted September 30, 2009
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Sgt. Gunn’s family to address the media
The 818 Now
Written by Christopher Cadelago
November 2, 2009 at 5:52 pm
The family of Burbank police Sgt. Neil Thomas Gunn, who died last week, have called a press conference for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday outside Burbank City Hall.
Gunn’s children and other family members are expected to tell the media that his suicide was motivated, in large part, by the treatment of the Burbank Police Department, according to a news release issued Monday.
Gunn, a 22-year-veteran of the Burbank Police Department, received several commendations for his work, including Ministerial Officer of the Year in 1992, and two professional esteem awards.
The Burbank City Council meeting begins tomorrow at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 275 E. Olive Ave.
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BURBANK, CALIFORNIA Post
November 3, 2009...2:22 am
City Council meeting will feature Gunn family, others. Don’t miss We can’t stress this enough. If you can’t go to tomorrow night’s city council meeting, be sure to watch it on Burbank’s Channel 6. It will be a very important one, for a number of reasons. This is one of them:
Burbank police Sgt. Neil Thomas Gunn Sr. family members to address the media
BURBANK, Calif., November 2, 2009 – The family members of Burbank police Sgt. Neil Thomas Gunn Sr., who died last week, will speak to the media following the Burbank City Council meeting tomorrow, November 3, 2009 at 6:00 pm.
Sergeant’s Gunn’s children and other family members will tell the media that Sgt. Gunn’s suicide was motivated, in large part, by the treatment of Sgt. Gunn by the Burbank Police Department.
Sergeant Gunn was a 22-year-veteran and patrol sergeant with the Burbank Police Department. He received numerous commendations for his work, including Ministerial Officer of the Year in 1992, and two departmental Professional Esteem awards.
The Burbank City Council meeting begins tomorrow at 6:00 pm at City Hall, 275 E. Olive Avenue. It is anticipated that the family will talk to the media at 6:30 pm outside of the Council Chambers.
CONTACT: Englander & Associates, Eric W. Rose.
There will also be another appearance that we can’t talk about right now, and a candlelight vigil. We can expect some details about motives and a possible legal action against the City of Burbank, as well as a call for immediate change. The city council-majority will no longer be able to hide behind soft words and e-mail missives between each other that get sanitized for public consumption.
BTW, we can confirm that Sgt. Gunn did indeed leave a suicide note on his person, as we reported last week, and that it was found by the BPD at the Harvard Road site. It specifically named Chief Stehr as a principal in this situation.
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Burbank TV (Channel 6) streams live on the City's website, www.burbankusa.com
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