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Police Officer Shoots Self In Staten Island, Marking 3rd NYPD Suicide This Month

June 14, 2019 - 6:22 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) — Police say a 29-year-old officer has died after shooting himself behind a Staten Island precinct Friday afternoon.

The incident happened in or near the back of the 121st Precinct around 3:45 p.m.

The 29-year-old was off-duty and found inside a locked car with a gunshot wound in his head.

He was the third officer to die in a suspected suicide in just nine days.

"In less than 10 days’ time, the NYPD has lost three of its own to suicide: a respected chief, an experienced detective, and — today about 3:50 p.m. outside the Staten Island precinct at which he worked — a promising, 29-year-old police officer with six years on the job,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said in a statement. "This is a mental-health crisis. And we — the NYPD and the law enforcement profession as a whole — absolutely must take action."

Two officers also died in suspected suicides within 24 hours of each other last week.

Deputy Chief Steven Silks was found dead in a police vehicle in Queens on June 5. Detective Joseph Calabrese was found the next day at a Brooklyn beach.

Police say both died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head.

O'Neill responded to the deaths, taking a moment to remind police personnel that help is available.

"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 www.nyc.gov/nycwell
  • 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