Former Idaho State Rep. Brandon Hixon dead after committing suicide, coroner says
CALDWELL, Idaho (KBOI) —
Former Idaho State Rep. Brandon Hixon is dead after he committed suicide early Tuesday.
The Canyon County Coroner's office tells KBOI 2News that Hixon died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at his home.
Caldwell Police is investigating the suicide.
Hixon had been arrested two times since December on driving under the influence charges and resigned from the legislature over allegations of sexual abuse, according to an agreement between the Canyon County Prosecutor's Office and the Idaho Attorney General's Office.
The Idaho Attorney General's Office said it had no comment.
Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke announced Hixon's suicide to lawmakers during Tuesday's floor session. The House chaplain led a prayer.
"We should support those who are close to us when they are struggling," Bedke said. "Please remember Brandon's family in your prayers."
Bedke later said the House will likely organize financial help for Hixon's family but that it was too early to say what exactly was planned.
Other lawmakers also offered condolences.
"I wish I had followed the promptings I received and called with words of kindness and encouragement," Republican state Rep. Bryan Zollinger said in a tweet. "Reminder to us all to love one another despite differences of opinion."
Others said they were shocked by Hixon's death.
"I didn't always agree with Rep. Hixon, but I could work with and talk to him," Democratic state Rep. John McCrostie said in a tweet. "Hope you find some peace, Brandon. Condolences and prayers to his family including his children."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
If you, or someone you know, is in crisis or emotional distress, please call the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 208-398-4357 (HELP) 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round and text support is available Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. to midnight. Help is also available at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). Your call will be routed to a member of the Lifeline network based on your area code.