via Miami Herald
By Jose Lambiet
January 26, 2017
The mysterious death in West Palm Beach of Butch Trucks, the co-founding drummer of The Allman Brothers Band, was a suicide, according to police records.
Trucks, 69, shot himself in the head with a pistol as his wife of 25 years stood near him in their downtown West Palm Beach condo, the records show.
While authorities have only said so far that the death was under investigation while foul play wasn’t suspected, the transcript of a frantic call made to West Palm Beach Police about 6:00 p.m. Tuesday provides the shocking details of the rock’n’roller’s death at home in the downtown waterfront Villa Del Lago complex.
A woman caller who is unidentified on the transcript but described as “hysterical” dialed 911 and told the dispatcher her “husband just shot himself” with a pistol.
The caller used Trucks’ real first name, Claude, when she identified the victim.
The caller continued talking to the dispatcher although she was so distraught she couldn’t speak in complete sentences. She did manage to say a pistol was involved and the victim shot himself in the head.
At that point, the dispatcher asked if the victim was breathing, and caller said she wasn’t sure at first but then confirmed he was breathing.
The dispatcher then radioed the half-dozen cars responding that Trucks’ wife, painterMelinda Trucks, and a son were waiting for police in the hallway outside the condo. Trucks had two adult children, a daughter and a son, Atlanta-based musician Vaylor Trucks.
The dispatcher noted on her cryptic report that Melinda witnessed Trucks pulling the trigger.