Authorities in North Carolina say a Fayetteville police officer was found dead of an apparent suicide only days after prosecutors filed a criminal complaint alleging unspecified criminal charges involving a minor.
According to People, internal affairs had launched a probe into the claims in conjunction to a criminal investigation by the Youth Services Unit.
The complaint was filed on Friday and Wade Lane Lee Jr. was reportedly found dead on Sunday in Wilson County, according to WRAL.
A statement from the Fayetteville Fire Department indicates the 31-year-old man was found lying in the median of Interstate 95.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s deputy director issued a statement confirming that the officers “death has been determined to have been caused by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
The agency will be taking the lead as the ongoing investigation continues, Gerald Thomas said. He did not offer any additional details regarding the nature of the allegations against him.
Police reportedly first received a complaint on Friday afternoon, as reported by the Fayetteville Observer. Available documents show the resulting probe resulted in the approval of warrants related to the claims against Lee Jr.
“As a result of the criminal investigation, detectives with our Youth Services Unit obtained warrants for the arrest of the involved officer,” police reported.
The Fatetteville Police Department revealed that Lee Jr. had been on the force for nearly a decade. The warrants filed against him were reportedly withdrawn in response to his death.
[Featured image: Facebook, Fayetteville Police Department]