An off-duty New York Police Department (NYPD) officer reportedly killed himself in Yonkers, New York, early Tuesday morning.
Police officials told reporters that the 35-year-old who was assigned to the 50th Precinct died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound around 3 a.m. Reports indicated that a note was also found at the scene.
The New York Post said the officer is now the eighth NYPD policeman to die by suicide this year, and the sixth since June. Reports also noted that the officer’s fiancée was inside the home when he took his own life. . .
The NYPD suffered another tragedy today with the loss of another officer to suicide.
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Last month, NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan told officers that if they experienced suicidal thoughts they should seek out mental health counseling. Monahan also said officers who sought help need not be afraid of losing their jobs. . .
The NYPD website offers resources to its officers if they need to speak to someone about feeling hopeless or overwhelmed. “Seeking out help is never a sign of weakness — it’s a sign of great strength,” the website stated. “If you are having a problem of any kind, please contact the services offered inside and outside the department — because you never have to shoulder your burden alone.” (Read more from “Eighth NYPD Officer Commits Suicide This Year” HERE)