Longtime Cleveland, Tn., City Judge Bill Moss died Monday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.
His body was found at his normal parking spot near his truck after Cleveland police officers responded to a shots fired call to a parking lot at 4th Street and Broad Street at about 11 a.m.
An autopsy was being conducted.
Judge Moss, 76, had been city judge for 38 years.
His longtime law partner, Jim Logan, said he had suffered a fall at his home in late April or early May. He said he struck his head, but he initially thought he had not been injured.
However, it was later found that he had suffered some brain injury and lost the use of his right arm and right leg. It also brought on a number of headaches.
Attorney Logan said, "He was a loving man who didn't want to be a burden on his family."
He said, "Judge Moss conducted his courtroom with dignity and fairness. He was a wonderful judge."
Judge Moss is survived by two daughters.
Cleveland City Court has been suspended for two weeks due to the death of Judge Moss.
Anyone with cases before the Cleveland Municipal Court Thursday or next week can call the city's main telephone number, 423-472-4551 for rescheduling.
A city representative will be at city court Thursday to assist anyone who appears and has not called to reschedule their case.
Mayor Tom Rowland said flags in the city are being flown at half staff in memory of Judge Moss.