CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- St. Albans police have identified the man who killed himself Thursday morning after authorities served him with an eviction notice.
Police say Joe Tummons, 63, shot himself with a handgun after process servers told him he needed to leave his home.
Tummons was the owner of the Joe's Mart convenience store in St. Albans.
St. Albans Police Department Capt. James Agee said process servers with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department arrived at Tummons' home on the 2800 block of Lincoln Avenue around 10 a.m. Thursday to serve eviction papers.
Agee said Tummons had been facing financial difficulties of late and was aware that officials were moving forward with foreclosure proceedings on his property.
"He knew it was coming," Agee said. "They had talked with him since mid- to late February."
Agee said the process servers met Tummons at his door, asked him to gather his things and then waited outside his home. He said Tummons did not seem resistant to the officers' requests.
"About 20 or 30 minutes went by and they checked back and asked him how it was going," Agee said. "He said, 'OK, give me a minute,' and then a few minutes later they heard the shot."
Tummons moved to St. Albans from Pennsylvania several decades ago. He did not have any family in the area.Deputies worked all Thursday to find one of Tummons' relatives to inform them of the incident. Agee said police finally got in touch with Tummons' sister in Texas Friday morning.