Suicide suspected in death of Morgan City police chief

The Biloxi Police Department is investigating as a possible suicide the death of Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch, who was found dead from a single gunshot wound early Saturday morning, Morgan City police officials said.

The investigation is ongoing, and although authorities in Mississippi have not ruled it as a suicide, it is being investigated as a suspected suicide, said Lt. James Blair, spokesman for the Morgan City Police Department.

“Right now the department’s in shock,” Blair said. “We just want to ensure the community that we’re going to continue what Chief Crouch started when he came into office.”

Foul play is not suspected, Blair said.

Biloxi Police Department Sgt. Chris De Back told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that a member of Chief Travis Crouch’s party went into Crouch’s room at the Beau Rivage casino hotel and found his body about 11:05 p.m. Friday.

He says there was no suicide note but would not give details about what police found.

He says it was clear that nobody else shot Crouch.

De Back says the person who found Crouch was not sharing Crouch’s room at the Beau Rivage.

Blair said an autopsy was scheduled for Saturday afternoon, though the results have not been made public.

Crouch took the weekend off and was in Biloxi with family and friends, Blair said.

Morgan City Mayor Frank Grizzaffi and members of the City Council informed the Police Department of Crouch’s death Saturday morning.

Assistant Chief Michael Banks Sr., will lead the department until an interim chief is appointed, Blair said.

Grizzaffi has not made a decision on when he will name an interim or permanent chief, Blair said.

Crouch began working in the department in 1991 and was appointed police chief Feb. 26.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.