Dalton Police Department officials have identified the officer who is believed to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Saturday morning as Robert Paul Sparks.

Sparks, 54, who had worked for the department for 10 years, apparently took his own life around 5:40 a.m. at the Dalton Police Service Center on Jones Street, according to a news release from the police department on Sunday.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death as “a matter of protocol,” police chief Jason Parker said Saturday.

“The Dalton Police Department’s thoughts and prayers are with his family,” the release states. Police chaplains have been placed on call for other officers.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced as of Sunday afternoon.

Dalton Daily Citizen