Only hours after leaving a surprise birthday party in his honor, Police Chief Irving Flugence was found dead. His died from a self inflicted gunshot wound to the chest and was lying upon his brothers grave when discovered at 4:07am January 13, 2001. The Lafayette Parish Sheriffs Office found no evidence of any foul play.
As seen on the news cast, he was under investigation by the La State Police, FBI, and the US Attorneys Office for bribery and malfeasance allegations. Other publications which has the story online include the Lafayette Daily Advertiser, the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, and the Opelousas, Louiaiana Daily World.