The Chadron Police Department has confirmed the death of Dawes County Veterans’ Service Officer Jeffrey Fankhauser.
A press release issued by the CPD Jan. 30 said Fankhauser, 38, died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Jan. 28 at approximately 7 p.m. The police department responded to a 911 call just ahead of 7 p.m. in the 400 block of Maple Street and discovered Fankhauser’s body.
An autopsy was scheduled to take place at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff Monday morning.
Fankhauser has served as the county’s Veteran Service Officer since June 2005, a position that must be held by a veteran. Fankhauser served in the Air Force from December 1992 to June 1996 and was stationed at F.E. Warren in Cheyenne, Wyo., during his tour of duty.
The Dawes County Attorney’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol assisted with the investigation.