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Local OSP officer’s death likely a suicide

Long-time Oregon State Police Sgt. Scott Punch died Saturday night of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Gold Beach home, authorities reported Tuesday.

Punch, 45, is survived by his wife and two children. 

On Tuesday, Curry County District Attorney Everett Dial, who is working with OSP officials on the case, said he couldn’t comment until the investigation is complete. More details of the tragedy are expected to be released by authorities as early as today (Jan. 9) or Thursday. 

A full story about Punch and his contributions to the Curry County community will be published in Saturday’s Curry Coastal Pilot.

Punch, a 19-year veteran with the Oregon State Police (OSP), started as a trooper and was promoted to sergeant in 2004, said OSP Public Information Officer Greg Hastings.

Punch supervised four patrol and two fish and wildlife officers based out of an OSP office located at Hunter Creek Road near Gold Beach.

Over the years, Punch has received several awards, one related to bank robbery and one related to a rescue effort.

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