A senior customs inspector died of a gunshot wound to the head yesterday in an apparent suicide. Colleagues said he appeared to be behaving normally beforehand and even instructed officers about anti-illicit cigarette operations. It was suspected Chung Cheen-yeung, 53, shot himself with the gun issued to him by customs. The senior inspector's body was found in his office on the fifth floor of the Sheung Shui Government Offices in Pik Fung Road at about 5.30pm. Chung was attached to the Revenue and General Investigation Bureau and was responsible for illicit cigarette and drug investigations. He was supposed to begin a pre-retirement holiday next June. Chung joined the department in 1973 and was twice commended for his work in 2001. The Customs Commissioner declined to speculate on the reasons for the apparent suicide, citing continuing investigations. Timothy Tong Hin-ming said he was shocked by the incident and that it was extremely regrettable. He also promised that the department would do what it could to help Chung's family. Mr Tong also urged his officers to seek help from the department if they encountered difficulties, whether they were related to health, finances, marriage, family or work.