Rex Lee Smart, an ex-manager of the Kanab field office for the Bureau of Land Management awaiting trial for alleged sex crimes against children, shot himself to death when police arrived to arrest him
Kanab Police Chief Tom Cram said Friday that officers with Kanab police and Kane County Major Crimes Task Force went to Smart's house about 8 p.m. Thursday in Kanab to serve an arrest and search warrant related to allegations of witness tampering.
When told police were there to arrest him, Smart , 62, went into an adjacent room saying he was getting his shoes. Once in the room, Smart shot himself once in the head with a handgun, Cram said. Smart was taken to Kane County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to court documents, the latest charges against Smart -- both third-degree felonies -- involved threatening e-mails he allegedly sent to his former wife
, who lives in New Mexico. The e-mail stated she was going to "falsely accuse me of abusing children." It also threatened to file a defamation suit.
The woman told Kane County investigators about the e-mail on March 29 and said she was concerned Smart might become violent toward her or another family member.
The latest charges, filed Tuesday, come on the heels of new sex abuse charges that had been filed against Smart on May 17
. Then, Smart was charged with a single count of aggravated sex abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, and two counts of sex abuse of a child, both second-degree felonies.