Founder of Rockville firm under investigation for D.C. contracting fraud kills himself

Forrester Construction officials tour a building under construction in Washington. (AP file photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The founder of a Maryland construction company that was under investigation for contracting fraud in the District of Columbia has committed suicide.

The Virginia Medical Examiner's office confirmed Wednesday that John Richard "Rick" Forrester died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 55. An attorney for the company, Michael Jaffe, also confirmed Forrester's death and the company released a statement saying that Forrester died over the weekend.

Forrester was the founder of Rockville, Md.-based Forrester Construction.

The company is one of several that are under federal investigation for possible fraud involving a program meant to give contracting preferences to small D.C.-based businesses.