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CHP officer found dead with gunshot wound in Bakersfield

November 30, 2012 |  7:59 pm

A California Highway Patrol officer was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in Bakersfield on Thursday evening.

Authorities have not determined whether the officer, 43-year-old Denny Drummond, took his own life or was killed.

Drummond, who was off-duty, had been in a local bar before the shooting, authorities said. 

A man who identified himself as a family spokesman told Bakersfield television station KGET-TV that he believed Drummond had committed suicide.  The officer had survived two bouts of cancer and the disease had been in remission, the man said, but Drummond recently got word that the cancer had returned.

A CHP spokesman confirmed that Drummond was being evaluated for a possible recurrence of the disease, according to a report in the Bakersfield Californian.

Investigators found the handgun they believe was used in the shooting inside Drummond’s nearby vehicle.

Drummond was a military veteran who left behind a wife and two sons, ages 11 and 17.


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