Gary Francis, 59, was pronounced dead in the first block of S. Main Street at about 2 p.m. He’d recently been accused of a sex crime against a 6-year-old child.
Rose tracked down Francis earlier that day for an interview. Francis agreed to talk and followed Rose to the police department in a separate car. Rose watched Francis park then went inside to set up recording equipment for the interview. When Francis didn’t show after a few minutes, Rose went out to the parking lot, where he found the suspect dead with a pistol in his lap. The car was still running.
There were no witnesses to the incident. Francis’ body was sent to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy, according to Erie County coroner Brian Baxter.