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ATF investigating Caseyville Police Department

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was investigating the Caseyville Police Department at the time Police Chief J.D. Roth took his life.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports it obtained documents from the Caseyville and Fairview Heights police departments noting the investigation.

Interim Police Chief Frank Moore says the status of department firearms and guns held by the department is part of an ongoing ATF investigation. Telephone calls Monday to the ATF for comment were not returned.

St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone says the 56-year-old Roth died earlier this month of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Fairview Heights home.  Authorities say “a large sum of money” and multiple guns were discovered inside a safe at Roth’s home.

Misconduct charges were filed against Roth last month.

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