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Investigation into officer’s suicide to be done in days

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The Fargo police lieutenant who killed himself early Tuesday morning left a note for his family before driving outside city limits and shooting himself with a personal handgun.

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The investigation into Lt. Jeff Skuza’s suicide is nearing completion and should be done within a couple of days, Sgt. Tara Morris with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Skuza, 47, shot himself in the head at Holy Cross Cemetery, just outside Fargo city limits.

Morris said Skuza left a note for his family at home. He used a personal vehicle to drive to the cemetery before shooting himself with his own handgun, not a department-issued weapon, she said. He was off-duty at the time and was in plain clothes, Morris said.

“All the investigation is really just proving the fact that we’re confident it was a suicide,” Morris said. “We’re still kind of at a loss.

“We don’t – and no one ever does in a situation like this – know why.”

Skuza served about 23 years on the Fargo police force. He is survived by his wife and two teenage children.

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