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Family and friends mourn the loss of Gibson County Sheriff's Captain

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Reaction Friday night to the sudden death of a long time Gibson County Deputy.

Captain Jim Stoll, 47, was found dead Wednesday at his Owensville home. He had been with the department since 1993.

To say the death of Stoll came as a shock to the Sheriff's Office is an understatement. They say he was a hard worker and family man.

"Well, it's pretty difficult," said Sheriff George Ballard.

The flag outside of the Gibson County Sheriff's Office is at half staff in remembrance of Stoll, who would have turned 48 this Saturday.

"Jim was a smart guy, intelligent, good wits about law enforcement, took good care of himself," Ballard said.

Captain Stoll joined the Sheriff's Office in 1993 as a reserve deputy was promoted to Captain in 2002, and most recently worked on the DEA drug task force in Evansville.

"It takes a special person to be involved in all these drug cases, because again it's not a 9 to 5, Monday through Friday job. It creates a hardship on families because you are called so much," Ballard said.

Not only did Stoll work odd hours, but Sheriff Ballard says Stoll would travel to other parts of the country for weeks at a time on assignment.

"They would follow the pipeline of illegal drugs into southern Indiana from all over the country," Ballard told 14 News.

Just hours after Stoll's passing, members of the Sheriff's Office got together to pray.

"Most of the guys up here, we've lost a brother, for one thing, but the people of Gibson County lost a fine officer, well-trained, disciplined. Everything a police officer should be," said Reserve Deputy Randy Ziliak.

Stoll is survived by a wife and three children.

"Jim just thought the world of his kids and everything, and he talked about them all the time, you know.  That's just something that happens out here we get to know each other's families and that's again what makes it hard," Ziliak said.

An autopsy will be performed on Saturday. An investigation is ongoing but foul play is not suspected.

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