Former Idaho state lawmaker Brandon Hixon (R) shot and killed himself, authorities reported Tuesday. Hixon was facing allegations sexual abuse before his tragic suicide.
Hixon, 36, was found in his home, his death coming as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Canyon County, Idaho Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris.
Elected to the state legislature in 2012, Hixon resigned in October 2017, after reports revealed that he was under investigation for “sexual abuse allegations,” the Idaho Statesman noted.
“I hope that my efforts have helped improve the lives of my constituents in District 10, as well as all Idahoans,” Hixon wrote in his resignation letter. “I will never forget all of my colleagues that I very much enjoyed working side by side with to make Idaho a better place for all.”
After his resignation, Hixon was arrested twice for drunken driving and was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest in December.
Records obtained by The Associated Press show that he had been the focus of another police investigation in 2014, having been accused of inappropriate touching. At the time, Hixon denied the accusations, and he was concerned about how the investigation might affect his political career.
There is no indication as to whether the two cases were connected. The attorney general’s office, which was overseeing the investigation, declined to comment to the AP. Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke (R) announced Hixon’s death on the House floor Tuesday.
“We should support those who are close to us when they are struggling,” Bedke told lawmakers, according to the AP. “Please remember Brandon’s family in your prayers.”
Hixon, who has been divorced since 2016, is survived by his four children, ages 6 to 17.
Kentucky lawmaker Dan Johnson (R) also shot and killed himself late last year, amid allegations of a 2013 sexual assault on a 17-year-old girl in his basement. In a suicide post on Facebook, Johnson denied the accusations and cited an ongoing battle with 9/11-related post-traumatic stress disorder as the reasons that he turned to suicide amid the rigors of the assault investigation.
— Nate Poppino (@npoppino) January 9, 2018