LACEY - Tenino Police Chief Sean Gallagher's wife was found dead from a gunshot wound Sunday at the couple's home in the 4500 block of Beckonridge Lane Southeast.
Preliminary information from investigators suggests that Marlo Gallagher, 43, suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but the official cause and manner of death were still under investigation, said Lacey police Lt. Phil Comstock.
An autopsy is scheduled for this morning, Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock said.
Marlo and Sean Gallagher were the only people at the home when Lacey officers were dispatched there at 3:56 p.m. Sunday, Comstock said. Officers were responding to a report of a firearm being discharged.
The weapon used in Marlo Gallagher’s shooting was not Sean Gallagher’s service weapon, Comstock said.
An inter-jurisdictional team of detectives was investigating the shooting. Tumwater police detective Jennifer Kolb was the lead investigator.
The Tenino Police Department is a small department with five officers working under Chief Gallagher, according to the department’s website. Historically, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office has assisted the Tenino Police Department with calls for service as necessary.
Thurston County sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin said it was his understanding that Chief Gallagher was not at work Monday. Elwin added that the Sheriff’s Office had received no formal request for assistance from the Tenino Police Department, but that it will provide assistance if needed.
“We certainly will do everything we can to help out,” Elwin said.
Tenino police officers and Tenino’s mayor were unavailable for comment Monday afternoon.
Gallagher is a former New York City police sergeant. He has been chief of the Tenino Police Department for about a year.