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Coroner: Drug Overdose Killed Kirkersville Police Chief

Jul 14, 2018

Credit WCBE files

Autopsy results show Kirkersville Police Chief James Hughes died in May from a fentanyl overdose. 

The Franklin County Coroner's Office says Hughes' death at his Reynoldsburg home was an accident. Investigators found one syringe with fentanyl residue, a second with fentanyl in a liquid, and a sandwich bag containing cocaine residue. Hughes took over for Jeff Finley, who resigned last March, citing a hostile work environment. Finley took over for Steven DiSario, who was killed in a shooting at an area nursing home in May of last year while responding to a hostage situation.