On Thursday, April 22, at approximately 10 p.m., officers from the Halls Police Department and the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department responded to the home of Gates Police Chief Marvin Brown at 324 Sumrow St. in Halls, where he was found deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Halls Police Department, assisted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, is conducting the investigation of the death, and is awaiting final autopsy results from the Shelby County Medical Examiner to determine the cause and manner of death. However, at this time, there does not appear to be any suspicious behavior or foul play associated with the death.
Brown was recently the focus of a TBI investigation into allegations of fraud, theft, and official misconduct related to his employment with both the town of Gates and the Lauderdale County School System. That investigation has also prompted municipal and county investigative audits of the respective payroll records of Brown from the town of Gates and the Lauderdale County Schools, by the state of Tennessee Comptroller's Office.