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Jefferson County Sheriff's second-in-command found dead of gunshot wound

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Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's department website. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's department website.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Col. Mike Hettich, second in command of the Jefferson County Sheriff's office, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Monday in a lodge room at the Barren River State Park.

Hettich is a 33-year-veteran of the sheriff's department.

“Our entire office is in a state of shock,” department spokesperson Lt. Col. Carl Yates said.

Hettich was in Barren County attending a law enforcement command training course that began Monday. He was found Monday afternoon and pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Deputy Mike Houchens with the Barren County Sheriff's Department, Hettich most likely took his own life.

"We're investigating as a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Houchens said.

According to Houchens, people heard a gunshot but no one saw what happened.

Officials are awaiting the results of an autopsy before saying for sure that it was suicide. But Houchens said "all indications are going that way."

Hettich was 56.

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell issued a statement via Twitter Monday afternoon, saying: "Our Commonwealth has lost a giant of public service upon the passing of Chief Deputy Mike Hettich of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office."

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