Retired Sergeant Fatally Shoots Self In 11th NYPD Suicide This Year

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 13, 2019 - 6:30 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A retired NYPD sergeant fatally shot himself at his home Wednesday morning, becoming the 11th member of the NYPD lost to suicide this year.

According to Goshen police, 49-year-old Jose “Joey” Pabon shot himself in his Orange County home just after midnight on Sept. 11.

Pabon had been retired from the NYPD for about four years. He had previously been a member of the Intern Affairs Bureau and joined the force in 1993.

While police unions did not immediately comment on Pabon’s death, the NYPD has previously announced new initiatives to combat what the police commissioner has called a “mental health crisis.”

The department says support is available to anyone who may be struggling and resources are available. That includes the Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance – a volunteer police support network.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has also vowed to do “whatever it takes” to help curb the number of officer suicides in the city.

The following resources are available for officers in need of help:

  • Employee Assistance Unit: 646-610-6730
  • Chaplains Unit: 212-473-2363
  • POPPA (independent from the NYPD): 888-267-7267
  • NYC WELL: Text, call, & chat
  • Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line: Law enforcement officers can text BLUE to 741741 (non-law enforcement can text TALK to 741741)
  • Call 911 for emergencies
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255)