11/20/2000

Mother of 13's death ruled "suspicious" by county coroner;
family claims officer was present

PoliceOne Staff Report
(CAHOKIA, Ill.) -- The St. Clair County Coroner is calling the death of a woman who was arguing with East St. Louis police seconds before she was shot "suspicious."

Eva Marie Tucker, 38, mother of 13, died from a gunshot wound to head, coroner Rick Stone told Belleville News-Democrat.

Police told the family that the Tucker shot herself ate last Tuesday, but her ex-husband, Warren Rogers, told the News Democrat that she didn't own a gun.

"She didn't let me have one in the house because of the kids," he said. "I don't believe she would have done that to herself, especially while the kids were there."

Eleven of Tucker's children who where home at the time, told the newspaper that she was arguing with her boyfriend, an East St. Louis Police officer, at the time of the shooting.

East St. Louis Police Chief J.W. Cowan told the newspaper that he wasn't aware one of his officers was present during Tucker's death.

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