A prosecutor in the north Texas town of Terrell killed himself Sunday as police tried to arrest him on charges of soliciting sex over the Internet from a person he thought was a 13-year-old boy, the New York Times reports. Prosecutor Louis Conradt Jr., 56, had been caught in a sting set up by NBC’s Dateline NBC and an Internet watchdog group called Perverted Justice. An NBC camera crew was outside the house when the fatal shot was fired.
After Conradt refused to open the door, officers forced their way in and found that he had shot himself in the head with a small-caliber semi-automatic handgun. Conradt was the chief felony assistant district attorney in Rockwall County. Xavier Von Erck of Perverted Justice said Conradt had made contact in an AOL chat room with a decoy from the group who was posing as a 13-year-old boy. Terrell police have apprehended 22 other people in stings since last Thursday, mostly from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and more arrests are expected.