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03/27/08 - Winnsboro

Former Winnsboro Police Chief Dead

Former Winnsboro Police Chief Gary Lile was found dead outside his house this morning. Smith County Sheriff JB Smith confirmed the death this morning, but would not go into further details at this time.

The 57 year old man was found by his wife just before dawn outside his home on Highway 69 north of Lindale.

Lile was recently fired from his position as a Lieutenant at the Smith County Jail, along with three other deputies. The officers had been accused of using inmate labor for their own personal use.

Sheriff Smith said that he was saddened by the death, and said the death was being treated as a homicide at this time.

Reports have come in that Lile died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting.

Cathryn Khalil, reporting.

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