The person who killed himself outside of a Texas congresswoman’s home was recognized as a former marketing campaign staffer and longtime good friend, in response to a report.
Police confirmed the sufferer is 55-year-old Richard Christian “Chris” Dillard, who served as communications director for Rep. Beth Van Duyne’s marketing campaign from November 2019 to April 2020, the Dallas Morning Information reported.
Dillard — who additionally served within the Texas State Guard — fatally shot himself in entrance of Van Duyne’s home in Irving Wednesday afternoon whereas she was inside, a spokeswoman for the freshman Republican stated.
The congresswoman heard a gunshot and known as the police round 3:45 p.m. after seeing a physique in entrance of her walkway, the spokeswoman added.
Van Duyne stated she final spoke to Dillard in January and that he went to her home a number of instances for the vacations and get-togethers with mates.
“I’m nonetheless shocked and grieving that Chris would take his life,” she stated in a press release to the outlet. “We have now recognized one another for years. I‘ve spoken with Chris’s mom to supply my condolences and requested her tips on how to help her throughout this troublesome time.”
Irving police stated Dillard has no recognized historical past of psychological sickness.
It’s unknown how he entered the gated group, however cops say he knew different residents there moreover Van Duyne.