Officer of the Executive Protection Service (EPS), Melvin Earley has reportedly shot himself in Tappita, Nimba County amid President George M. Weah’s maiden County tour in that part of the country.
A release issued early Friday by Executive Protection Service says, it regrets the sudden death of one of its agent, Mr. Earley. Mr. Earley was born on December 3, 1976, according to his social media profile.
According to preliminary reports, the long serving EPS agent shot himself at about 06:03 a.m. on Friday, February 19, 2021. He was on duty during time of the incident, according to the statement issued.
President Weah is currently on his County Tour and he is expected to depart for Grand Gedeh County.
The EPS has launched a full scale investigation to establish any potential reason of the suicide.
However, there are conflicting reports surrounding his death, as sources say that Mr. Earley shot three times in the air before he shot himself.
Some eyewitnesses suggest that suicide could be ruled out, based on accounts of other security officers who were around when the shooting occurred.
In a related development, it is reported that the EPS did not receive their regular oer diem for the President’s County Tour, though it is not clear as to whether this is what led Agent Earley to shoot himself.
Agent Earley has been with EPS since the restructuring of the service after the Liberian Civil crisis.
Meanwhile, the hierarchy of the EPS extends heartfelt condolences to his family.