(Editor's note: This article has been updated throughout.)
The former police chief of Trenton was found dead Wednesday morning of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Fannin County authorities said.
Sheriff’s Office deputies found 61-year-old Robert Robinson dead inside his home outside Bonham on County Road 2610. Sheriff’s Office Lt. Nick Tredway said deputies responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call reporting a suicidal subject at 2:45 a.m.
Tredway said the caller was identified as the wife of Mr. Robinson, and she told authorities that her husband had been depressed and entered the gun room. Tredway noted that access to the room was previously restricted to Mr. Robinson.
The city of Trenton terminated Mr. Robinson as police chief on Aug. 25, 2016. Mr. Robinson was arrested and indicted in Fannin County in November for one count of official oppression. The indictment stemmed from allegations that Mr. Robinson pulled a stun gun against someone in a domestic custody situation.
After deputies arrived on scene shortly before 3 a.m., they cleared the house and found the body of Mr. Robinson with a single gunshot wound, Tredway said. A justice of the peace ordered an autopsy.
“It’s pretty common for them to order an autopsy especially when no one saw him shoot himself,” Tredway said.
Fannin County Precinct 3 Constable Kevin Mayberry, a former Trenton officer, said he worked with Mr. Robinson for about three years. He noted Mr. Robinson had an approximate 30-year career in law enforcement, and Trenton residents liked him. He said Mr. Robinson was very personable and funny after one had the chance to get to know him.
“He would do anything for you,” Mayberry said. “It doesn’t matter what it was. You could call him anytime, and he would be there for you.”