by Kyle Swenson
A former small-town police chief dogged by an investigation into his conduct committed suicide last Friday. Scott Bauschka had been the police chief in tiny Navarre for nine years before he resigned in February after city leaders learned the Stark County Sheriff’s Department were looking into allegations. All mouths appear mum on what the investigation was about.
According to the Canton Repository, 43 year-old walked into the Army-Navy club at around 4 p.m. and shot himself in the head.
Bauschka was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:17 p.m., said Harry Campbell, Stark County Coroner’s office investigator. An autopsy was to be performed today, but Bauschka’s death appears to be a suicide, Campbell said.
“There is nothing to suggest it is anything other than that,” Campbell said.
The former chief was a 17 year veteran of the force. According to an article written at the time of the resignation in Massilon's paper The Independent, unidentified officials asked Sheriff Tim Swanson to open a filed on Bauschka. His computer was seized as part of the investigation.
The results of the department's work were reportedly handed over to the prosecutor’s office, but the case was still considered open at the time of the shooting.