A man who killed himself outside the home of Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-TX) on Wednesday has been identified as a former member of the congresswoman’s staff.
Richard Christian “Chris” Dillard was the communications director for Van Duyne’s campaign from November 2019 until April 2020. Irving police say they responded to reports of a shooting in the mid-afternoon, and arrived to find the man’s body in front of Van Duyne’s house. According to NBC Dallas Fort-Worth, Van Duyne’s office confirmed she was home at the time, heard a gunshot, saw the body on the sidewalk, and immediately called the police. It’s not known how Dillard, 55, gained access to the gated community. In a statement, a spokesperson for Van Duyne said: “She is shocked and saddened that someone would take their own life.” Irving Police and the FBI are investigating the incident.
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