Town manager accused of harassment shoots self
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.