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Termination was recommended for Fargo cop who committed suicide

Lt. Jeff Skuza
Lt. Jeff Skuza

FARGO (KFGO-AM) - KFGO News has learned that Fargo police Lt. Jeff Skuza, who committed suicide last week, was being recommended for termination from the department.

Documents from the police department's Office of Professional Standards indicate Skuza was under investigation for failing to report the accidental discharge of his taser.

Skuza was conducting a routine test on the taser when it accidentally discharged February 14. The report says Skuza then attempted to cover up the accident by hiding the cartridge and wires -- and then took part in the process to investigate who was responsible.

Skuza eventually confessed and said he tried to cover up the accident because he was embarrassed.

A letter from police chief Keith Ternes says Skuza's deception was "deliberate", "surprising" and "disappointing."