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School principal found dead; police 'investigating the death as a suicide'

A3, the Academy of Arts and Academics in Springfield, Oregon. (SBG)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - The principal of a Springfield school was found dead a day after being placed on administrative leave.

Police found Michael Fisher dead in the garage of his home just after 4 p.m. Thursday. Medics had been summoned to the home by Fisher's wife.

"Police are investigating the death as a suicide and have ruled out fou lplay," Springfield Police said in a statement. "Fisher has been the subject of a criminal investigation, which is ongoing."

Police had placed the Academy of Arts and Academics in Springfield on a modified lockdown Wednesday as part of that investigation.

The same day, a district official notified families that Fisher had been placed on administrative leave during an investigation into his conduct.

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