Coroner: Westlake Mayor-Elect's death was a suicide

January 2nd, 2007

Tuesday afternoon a press conference was held to discuss the death of Westlake Mayor-Elect Gerald Washington. Washington was found dead Saturday Night in Mossville. At the press conference the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's office said Washington had died from an self-inflicted gunshot wound. Family members expressed outrage over how the investigation has been handled by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. They say the investigation was sloppy and they're adamant that Washington would not have taken his own life. 7 News will have more on this story beginning at 5:00 PM