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Juneau Police: Mayor Did Not Die of Gunshot Wound

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Tuesday, 01 Dec 2015 09:16 PM

Juneau police are waiting for autopsy results to determine the cause of death of newly elected mayor Stephen "Greg" Fisk but say he did not die of a gunshot wound.

 

Police spokeswoman Erann Kalwara also says there was nothing at the scene to indicate drugs were involved or that the mayor committed suicide.

She says conclusions can quickly be reached in some cases that a death was natural or the result of foul play.

In this case, Fisk suffered unspecified injuries but an obvious cause of death was not immediately apparent. She says police don't know whether Fisk died of a natural event or of unnatural causes.

Kalwara says Fisk had appointments scheduled Monday, and when he missed them, his son, Ian Fisk, checked on him.

Police found Fisk, 70, inside his home on Monday afternoon after the mayor's son made an emergency call, Juneau's police department said in a statement. Fisk was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kalwara said Fisk sustained an "injury" but declined to elaborate on the circumstances of the injury or his death, saying the investigation was continuing.

"We haven't ruled anything out or confirmed anything yet," Kalwara said. "This is still very much an active investigation."

Police said rumors that Fisk had been assaulted were mere "speculation."

The medical examiner's office will perform an autopsy, the results of which are expected in the coming days, police said.

Deputy Mayor Mary Becker said Fisk, who was elected in October and had been due to serve until 2018, was an avid fisherman who championed economic development and other causes.

Becker said she is assuming the role of acting mayor while the city attorney advises on succession protocols.

Alaska Governor Bill Walker said Monday had been a sad day, and that his thoughts and prayers were with Fisk's family.

"He will be remembered for his dedicated service to the community of Juneau," Walker said in a statement.

Material from AFP and Reuters was used in this report.
 

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