Officer Kills Self On Long Island; 4th NYPD Suicide This Month

June 27, 2019 - 11:01 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- An off-duty New York City police officer has taken his own life, police tell WCBS 880. 

The 53-year-old officer, who neighbors say was the father of three, was found dead in Hicksville late Wednesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He worked at the 50th Precinct in the Bronx, WCBS 880's Sophia Hall reported.

He is the fourth member of the NYPD to take his own life this month.

"I'm very saddened that this is a thing, that it's an ongoing thing with the NYPD," one neighbor said. "I hope this kind of thing stops happening."

The three other NYPD members who died by their own hand were an officer from Staten Island, a police chief and a detective. 

Police Commissioner James O'Neill has been making a public plea, encouraging fellow officers to not be afraid to seek help if they need it.

"Cops spend so much of their days assisting others. But before we can help the people we serve, it is imperative that we first help ourselves. There is no shame in seeking assistance from the many resources available, both inside and outside the department. Accepting help is never a sign of weakness — in fact, it’s a sign of great strength," he said.

In wake of the recent tragedies, the NYPD has listed the following resources 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