Principal put on leave amid police investigation found dead

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Police say the principal of an Oregon charter school who was placed on paid administrative leave amid a police investigation has been found dead.

The Springfield Police Department says medics found Michael Fisher dead inside the garage of his home Thursday afternoon after his wife called authorities. Police say the death is being investigated as a suicide and have ruled out foul play.

The Register-Guard reported Thursday that Fisher, who has been principal at the Academy of Arts and Academics in Springfield since 2005, was under investigation for “concerns related to his conduct.”

Springfield district spokeswoman Jen McCulley says police restricted people from entering or leaving campus when officers made contact with Fisher Wednesday.

McCulley says Fisher wasn’t arrested.

The district’s assistant superintendent for instruction, David Collins, apologized to parents in a letter for the “ambiguity” of the investigation.