The Amador County Sheriff’s Office coroner denied a misleading initial report that the death of former Obama-era whistleblower Philip Haney was a suicide.
An initial statement from the Amador County Sheriff’s Office stated that Haney, found dead by his car on a highway in Plymouth, California Friday, appeared to have died from “a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
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“On February 21, 2020 at approximately 1012 hours, deputies and detectives responded to the area of Highway 124 and Highway 16 in Plymouth to the report of a male subject on the ground with a gunshot wound,” the sheriff’s office said in the release.
“Upon their arrival, they located and identified 66-year-old Philip Haney, who was deceased and appeared to have suffered a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound. A firearm was located next to Haney and his vehicle. This investigation is active and ongoing. No further details will be released at this time,” the statement added.
However, in a new statement on Monday, sheriff and coroner Martin A. Ryan denied that Haney’s death was being considered a suicide, claiming there’s an active and ongoing investigation into the incident, according to Breitbart.
“Unfortunately, there was misinformation immediately being put out that we have determined Mr. Haney’s death to be a suicide. This is not the case. We are currently in the beginning phase of our investigation and any final determination as to the cause and manner of Mr. Haney’s death would be extremely premature and inappropriate. No determination will be made until all evidence is examined and analyzed. This investigation is still active and will be ongoing,” Ryan stated.
He added that the FBI is also assisting in the investigation.
“We have reached out to our law enforcement partners in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to assist in analyzing documents, phone records, and a laptop that were recovered from the scene and Mr. Haney’s RV. We are currently in possession of his vehicle, the firearm located at the scene, and his RV and we will be requesting evidence processing assistance from the FBI on those items as well. Our investigators conducted a neighborhood canvas and interviewed his RV park neighbors on the day of the incident along with checking key areas for any video surveillance that may exist from that time.”
Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2016, Haney, a longtime official at the DHS, said senior officials at the department had ordered him to delete hundreds of records of people with links to Islamic terrorist groups. He suggested had the Obama-era DHS not deleted the files some U.S. terrorist attacks might have been prevented.
Congressman Steve King and some of Haney’s friends suggested his death might have involved foul play.
Phil Haney was a friend & patriot. He was a target because of all he knew of Islamic terrorist coverups. He insured his life by archiving data that incriminated the highest levels of the Obama administration. Phil Haney didn’t kill himself. RIP, Phil. https://t.co/pvy7MflFwc
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) February 23, 2020