Off-Duty Sergeant Dies After Gunshot To The Head, 12th Death This Year – CBS New York
Police sources tell CBS2 an off-duty sergeant was inside his home Tuesday night when it appears the officer shot himself in the head.
First responders rushed to the scene in the Utopia section of Queens and took the sergeant to a nearby hospital but the veteran policeman could not be saved.
Sources tell CBS2 the sergeant’s wife was home at the time of the apparent suicide.
NYPD Commissioner O’Neill recently spoke with CBS2 and said he knows his department is dealing with an epidemic.
“It is a mental health crisis in the NYPD,” he said. “We’ve had nine suicides so far this year. Prior to that, we average four to five per year for the last five years.”
The tragedy would mark the 10th active-duty NYPD officer to take their own life this year.
Including retired officers, it would mark the 12th self-inflicted death in 2019.
CBS2 asked O’Neill what his personal message would be to an officer who is struggling.
“Take that step. Come forward. Confide in your partner. Confide in a friend. Confide in your family. Get help,” he said.
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
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