Death: A trooper of the Oregon State Police commits suicide while on duty, leaving the agency grief-stricken – Authorities say an Oregon trooper with 17 years on the force killed himself while on duty and was found dead in his patrol cruiser Tuesday. According to state police, the death of Sgt. Marcus J. McDowell, a Joseph resident who worked out of the La Grande patrol office, has left the whole department “grief-stricken.”
According to oregonlive.com, Around 3:40 p.m., McDowell was discovered dead outside his home from a gunshot wound. The Wallowa County Chieftain reported on Tuesday.
“Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and co-workers as they cope with this tragic incident,” a state police statement said. “He was respected by all and especially those he has worked so closely with throughout the years.”
McDowell had worked in the Patrol and Fish & Wildlife divisions over the years and as a police dog handler around John Day and La Grande.