ME: Retired trooper’s death was a suicide

Virginia State Police Master Trooper T.E. Hudson. Hudson (Photo provided by Virginia State Police)
Virginia State Police Master Trooper T.E. Hudson. Hudson (Photo provided by Virginia State Police)

MATHEWS COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — The Central District Medical Examiner’s Office says a recently retired master trooper committed suicide.

On Aug. 7, State Police investigators said no foul play was involved in the death of Tommy E. Hudson. On Aug. 19, the Medical Examiner said the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest.

The Mathews County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call around 1:35 p.m. Tuesday from a residence in the 180 block of Ballast Point Road. The caller reported a gunshot victim, and when deputies arrived at the scene, they found Hudson dead inside a camper on the property.

The person who called 911 was on the property at the time of Hudson’s death. Investigators questioned that person, but did not file any charges. The investigation into Hudson’s death was labeled an “undetermined death” until Thursday, when Sergeant Michelle Anaya said foul play was not suspected.

Hudson most recently was working as a part-time deputy with the sheriff’s office. He was not working at the time of his death.

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