Two Randolph County officials told KRCG 13 Friday Huntsville police chief William "Buddy" Stuck died of a gunshot wound in the lower abdomen.
County Coroner Gerald Luntsford and Sheriff Mike Nichols both said an autopsy performed in Boone County found Stuck had a single gunshot wound. They said evidence collected at the scene had been sent to a Highway Patrol crime lab for evaluation. Nichols said investigators would wait until results came back from the lab before making their next move.
"We're kind of at the mercy of the crime lab, whenever they're able to provide us with the results," he said, adding the wait could last one week or several depending on the lab's caseload.
Nichols said his department would assist the Huntsville Police Department, which currently consists of two police officers, with any calls they needed help on. Huntsville officials did not return calls Friday asking how they would address the vacancy caused by Stuck's death.
Stuck was found dead in his home on Wednesday. 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. Nichols said, "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."Stuck served at the Huntsville Police Department for more than 30 years.A visitation will take place from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday in the Huntsville High School gymnasium. A funeral is set for 1:00 p.m. Tuesday in the same location.