Huntsville Police Chief William Stuck was found dead in his home on Wednesday.
The Randolph County Coroner confirmed Stuck died of gunshot wound to lower abdomen.
Authorities with the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Randolph County Sheriffâ??s Department are still investigating.
A family member called 911 when they found the body of Stuck, 64, in his home shortly before 6:00 a.m. Randolph County Sheriff Mark Nichols requested assistance from the Missouri Highway Patrolâ??s Department of Drug and Crime Control. Highway Patrol investigators collected evidence at the scene and statements from family members. They are not releasing any details surrounding Stuckâ??s death and are not ruling out foul play. Nichols said Stuck was a fixture in the Huntsville community.
Nichols said, â??Buddy was very caring and very giving. He was the type of person that he would do anything for you. He was well thought of by the kids. He drove a school bus for many years. For a lot of the kids at the school, he was like a second grandpa.â??
Family members and friends gathered at Huntsville City Hall to share a meal and to share memories of Stuck. Family members gave KRCG 13 the following statement.
â??The family of Chief William â??Buddyâ?? Stuck wishes to thank everyone in the community for the outpouring support and sympathy at this time of loss. We know he has touched many people's lives and will be dearly missed. Arrangements are pending.â??
Authorities hope to release a cause of death after they get the results of an autopsy thatâ??s scheduled for Friday.
Stuck served at the Huntsville Police Department for more than 30 years.