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Officer Says Dead Texas Police Chief Had Personal Issues

A colleague of a South Texas police chief found dead in his patrol car says his boss was having personal problems.

LA JOYA, Texas-- A colleague of a South Texas police chief found dead in his patrol car says his boss was having personal problems.

La Joya police officer Joe Cantu said Friday that many in their 12-person department don't believe police chief Jose Del Angel's death was a homicide. Del Angel was found Thursday night and had apparently been shot in the chest.

Authorities have yet to officially rule whether Del Angel took his own life or was killed. Autopsy results remained pending early Friday.

Cantu said Del Angel was having problems at home. He said the 44-year-old worked in La Joya for 17 years, starting as a dispatcher and rising to police chief in 2008.

La Joya is located just outside McAllen.

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