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Former constable facing burglary trial commits suicide, officials say

Larry Markotay

Larry Markotay

Larry Markotay, a former chief constable in Boulder City, was found dead in a hotel room in Henderson after apparently shooting himself amidst a trial on burglary and other charges, officials said.

Chief Deputy District Attorney J.P. Raman said Wednesday that Larry Markotay, 44, shot and killed himself in a room at Sunset Station. A District Court judge dismissed the jury.

Markotay faced burglary and other charges after police alleged they seized 85 firearms, drug paraphernalia and more than two dozen badges from various law enforcement agencies from his home in 2010.

Police arrested Markotay at his home on March 10, 2010, for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident on Feb. 22, 2010, when he crashed into a light pole at the corner of Utah and 7th streets in Boulder City.

In the ensuing investigation, police searched Markotay’s home and found more than 80 firearms, including a handgun with its serial number scratched off and others with missing documentation, authorities said.

He later admitted to picking the lock of his ex-girlfriend’s house on Feb. 14, 2010, and stealing guns, police said.

Markotay resigned in April 2010 after serving as the city’s constable for 15 years.

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