Town man­ager ac­cused of ha­rass­ment shoots self

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

The re­cently hired man­ager of a small town in Vir­ginia shot him­self in the head Tues­day, au­thor­i­ties said, weeks after a woman went to court ac­cus­ing him of ha­rass­ment.

Po­lice ar­rived at the apart­ment of Chris­tians­burg Town Man­ager Steve Biggs around mid­night to re­spond to a 911 call and went inside after hear­ing a gun­shot about four hours later.

Mr. Biggs, 53, was flown to a hos­pi­tal with life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

A 23-year-old Chris­tians­burg woman filed a com­plaint against Mr. Biggs last month, claim­ing he had al­ways been “ob­ses­sive” to­ward her and had be­gun ha­rass­ing her. A judge is­sued a three-day emer­gency pro­tec­tive or­der on March 8 but de­clined to grant a sub­se­quent 15-day pro­tec­tive or­der after hold­ing a hear­ing, court records show.

State po­lice also in­ves­ti­gated, but Mont­gomery County’s pros­e­cu­tors found no prob­a­ble cause to charge Mr. Biggs with stalk­ing or any other crime.

Be­fore com­ing to the south­east­ern Vir­ginia com­mu­nity in July, the mar­ried fa­ther of three served for nearly two decades as town man­ager in Clay­ton, North Car­olina.

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