Morning Poll: Sergeant Sean Drenth Death: Murder or Suicide?

Last week, the Phoenix Police Department updated the media on the investigation into the shooting death of Sergeant Sean Drenth. As we noted, the update raised a lot of questions but no answers as to who killed the sergeant -- and it's still unclear whether he was murdered or committed suicide.

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One thing, however, seems clear: Drenth wasn't the only person at the scene of the shooting in the 29-minute window from when he got there to when his body was discovered by a State Capitol police officer.

Drenth's body was found next to the open passenger door of his squad car with a shotgun wound under his chin and his shotgun resting on his chest as he lay on his back.

Seems to imply suicide, right? But then you have to take into account the fact that Drenth's service weapon was found on the other side of a fence on the west side of the parking lot where his body was found. Another of Drenth's weapons was found next to his body. One
bullet had been fired in the direction of where the other gun was found.

"I started at 50/50 [in terms of whether it was murder or suicide]," Lieutenant Joe Knott, head of the PPD's homicide unit, says. "Throughout the investigation, that's shifted in both's extremely frustrating."

Frankly, we don't know what to think, but we want to know how you feel about it: was Sergeant Drenth murdered, or did he commit suicide?

Cast your vote below.

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