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Police mum on BSL police chief investigation; sheriff finds apology note

Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike DeNardo (Photo source: WLOX) Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike DeNardo (Photo source: WLOX)
Crime scene tape at the police department Thursday. (Photo source: WLOX News) Crime scene tape at the police department Thursday. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

One day after the Bay St. Louis police chief died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, details are beginning to surface. 

Resident agent in charge of the Gulfport office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the department "received unsubstantiated criminal intelligence and would have moved forward to confirm or dispel the allegations.”

Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam says the investigation, which began three or four months ago at the request of citizens, is ongoing on "several fronts". He would not confirm that the investigation was tied in to the original department of justice investigation into city finances, or if  any others - including city officials - were subjects of investigations.

Somewhere in that investigation, Adam says they found evidence of payroll fraud in the police department that led directly to the chief.

Thursday night after DeNardo shot and killed himself, Adam found a letter written by DeNardo to him in his office. The letter was an apology note for lying to the sheriff about the payroll fraud.

* Click here to watch the Thursday afternoon press conference with Sheriff Adam

"We don't target anybody. The evidence takes us where we go. It leads us to what we need," said Adam. "If it's there it's there. If it's not it's not. We don't target anybody. Most of these people are friends of ours. But at the same time we have a job to do and will do it."

Residents in community say they are shocked, and desperate for answers

Tonight on WLOX News Now, Mike Lacy will have more information on the details that continue to emerge in the ongoing investigation. 

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