Documents detail moments leading to Tkac's death

Posted at 3:59 PM, Jan 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-01 11:21:52-05

23ABC has obtained the police report for Jeff Tkac's death earlier this month.

According to the documents, Tkac's wife told investigators that Jeff said his business had slowed down, and he was overwhelmed with his new position on the Bakersfield City Council before he took his own life on January 5.

Tkac had started taking ambien to help him sleep and the medication was causing him paranoia. 

Tkac's wife told police her husband was not himself and that she was rushing home that morning to take him to the doctors. 

Kern County mental health expert, Ellen Eggert says Tkac's wife did everything right and was trying to get him the help he needed. 

She says it's important to get help if you start taking medication that creates side effects. 

Read the police report here.

Tkac was found dead inside his home, only months after becoming the City Councilmember for Ward 5.

RELATED: Councilmember Jeffrey Tkac dies by apparent suicide in Southwest Bakersfield, authorities said

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