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Cause of Officer's Death was Morphine Overdose
By WestKyStar Staff
MAYFIELD, KY - A recently issued death certificate shows local law enforcement officer Tye Jackson died by accident on Feb. 5 of a lethal morphine overdose.
 
36-year-old Jackson served as director of security at Mid-Continent University. He was discovered dead inside his apartment in Graves County on Feb. 6. The death certificate, issued March 6, showed morphine toxicity as the cause of death.
 
Kentucky State Police Trooper Jay Thomas told the Paducah Sun a detective with the department is conducting an investigation of Jackson's death. He said the investigation could take several months.
 
Graves County Coroner Phillip McClain told the Sun an autopsy was not performed on Jackson’s body before he was buried.
 
A toxicology report on Jackson’s blood and urine collected on Feb. 6 and returned Feb. 26 reflected that he had morphine and lorazepam in his system at the time of his death.
 
Trooper Thomas said the investigation into Jackson’s death is still open, and he could not comment on any details.

Published 06:50 AM, Tuesday Mar. 19, 2013
Updated 10:47 PM, Friday Mar. 22, 2013

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