Autopsy report rules Kilgore death suicide
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A preliminary report completed by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences ruled the death of former Walker County Narcotics Enforcement Team director Paul Kilgore as suicide.

The report, obtained by the Daily Mountain Eagle on Friday, was written by Emily Ward, senior state medical examiner, after an autopsy was performed on Kilgore.

“Based on the findings of this examination and the presently known circumstances of the death, it is my opinion that the cause of death is gunshot wound of the head. The manner of death is suicide,” the report said.

Walker County Coroner J.C. Poe said earlier this week that a final autopsy report could take months to receive. Ward said in the report that it was preliminary in nature and intended to expedite the death certificate.

Kilgore died after a single-car collision in the Townley community Monday. Walker County Coroner J.C. Poe said a car Kilgore was driving left the roadway on Coal Valley Road and struck several trees around 9 a.m. Monday. Kilgore died at UAB Hospital at 4:01 p.m. that day.

After receiving a preliminary autopsy report from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey confirmed Wednesday that Kilgore’s death was consistent with injuries sustained from a car accident and a self-inflicted wound.

Neither Tirey nor Poe would confirm or deny at that time that the self-inflicted wound was caused by a gunshot.

Kilgore retired from the sheriff’s office on Jan. 30 after a 36-year law enforcement career.

Funeral services for Kilgore were held Friday with many members of local and state law enforcement taking part in the services.