Local police in Norman, Oklahoma are investigating the suspicious death of a former state lawmaker.
Former Republican State Senator Jonathan Nichols was found dead late Wednesday night in his home.
According to reports, police responded to a call at 8:44 p.m. Wednesday night.
When they arrived at Nichols’ home, the police found Nichols already dead from a gunshot wound.
Police stated a gun was found at the location on the other side of the room from the body.
The location of the gun relative the body indicates this was more than likely a murder and not suicide.
Nichols was a prominent figure in the local community. He had been active in the local political scene for almost two decades.
His career started as a state senator, serving from 2000 to 2012. Before his sudden death, he was serving as a policy adviser for House Speaker Charles McCall.
McCall stated, “I am shocked and incredibly saddened to learn that Jonathan has passed away. He was a valuable member of my staff and a friend. Jonathan was a very proud man, but he served humbly.”
Nichols had only joined McCall’s staff in November.
Prior to that, he was working as the Chief of Staff for Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingham as well as his successor, Pro Tem Mike Schultz.
The investigation into his death is ongoing.