- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

CLARKESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - State officials say an initial investigation shows that the mayor of a small Georgia town died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Clarkesville Police Chief Brad Barrett has said officers found Greene lying in a room believed to be his study about 7 p.m. Sunday. Greene was pronounced dead at an Atlanta hospital.

In a statement Thursday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a medical examiner issued a preliminary finding that the gunshot was self-inflicted. Officials say further forensic testing will be done before an official autopsy report.

The city’s website says Greene was a doctor in private practice who had been mayor since 2005. Clarkesville is a city of about 1,700 in the northeast Georgia mountains, about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta.

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