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Richard Kreitzer Marion County Assessor Found Deceased at HomeSalem-News.com
The family appointed a spokesman to issue a statement this afternoon on the steps of the Marion County Courthouse (below).
(SALEM, Ore.) - Marion County Assessor Richard Kreitzer was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his SE Salem home on Tuesday evening.
A friend of Kreitzer's called Deputies to the residence in the 200 block of 59th Avenue SE, at 6:12pm. The friend told deputies he spoke with Kreitzer earlier in the evening. During the call, he and Kreitzer made plans for him to come to the Kreitzer home for a visit. He arrived and became concerned when he found the overhead garage door open, but was unable to find his friend.Deputies arrived at the home at 6:23pm and located Kreitzer's body in the backyard. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was home at the time.
Richard Kreitzer, 54, was serving his second term as the Marion County Assessor after being re-elected in November of 2010.
Marion County Chief Administrative Office John Lattimer said that Chief Deputy Assessor Shawn Beaton would assume responsibility for the Assessor's Office until further notice. Each member the Board of Commissioners was notified of the death.
Sam Brentano, Chair of the Marion County Board of Commissioners added, "We are all shocked and saddened by this news".
The Marion County Medical Examiner and the District Attorney's Office assisted with the investigation.
Marion County Sheriff's Chaplain Todd Pynch, from Crisis Chaplaincy, is with the Kreitzer family. He worked late into the evening, making family notifications.
The investigation is on-going and further information will be released when it becomes available.
Source: Marion County Sheriff's Office
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