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Dennis Reeves

Texas principal resigns, then walks to parking lot and shoots himself

A Texas high school principal apparently shot himself on Tuesday just minutes after resigning from his position.

KTRE reports that Dennis Reeves, former principal at Kirbyville High School, met with administrators at around 4 p.m. on Tuesday and gave his resignation. It’s still unclear why he resigned. Afterward, he walked to the school parking lot, got into his pickup truck, and according to police, shot himself in the head with a.380-caliber semiautomatic pistol.

Superintendent Tommy Wallis and an assistant superintendent, the only others still at the school when the incident happened, said that Reeves was sitting in his truck for around an hour when they started to become worried about him. His truck had been running the entire time, but he sat face-down without any movements. Reeves  reportedly had the truck in reverse with his foot on the brake pedal.

Kirbyville PD officers arrived to the school and noted that it looked like Reeves shot himself in the head. They found the pistol in Reeves’ hand. Authorities reported that Reeves didn’t leave behind a note. Mike Smith, Jasper County’s Precinct 3 justice of the peace, ordered an autopsy to be performed, but said that there’s no reason to believe that foul play was involved.

Summer classes at the school have been canceled until next Tuesday, in light of the incident.

Reeves was married and had two sons. His oldest son had recently graduated from high school.

The story is still developing. Check back with Crime Online as additional information becomes available.

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