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Burbank officer named in FBI probe kills himself

Sgt. Neil Thomas Gunn, 50, was one of 12 current and former officers named in federal grand jury subpoenas as part of an investigation into possible civil rights violations.

October 30, 2009|Andrew Blankstein

A decorated Burbank Police Department sergeant who was named in an FBI probe shot and killed himself on a residential street corner Thursday, authorities said.

Burbank police responding to a "shots fired" call about 11:40 a.m. near North Sunset Canyon Drive at East Harvard Road found Neil Thomas Gunn, 50, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police officials called the death of the 22-year veteran "a devastating tragedy" and said the investigation into what led to the suicide would be handled by the neighboring Glendale Police Department.

Gunn was one of 12 current and former officers named in federal grand jury subpoenas as part of an investigation into possible civil rights violations.

FBI officials have said only that that their civil rights division is investigating Burbank police officers.

Court documents obtained by The Times showed that the FBI was focusing on allegations of excessive force.

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andrew.blankstein@latimes.com

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