Officer Fatally Shoots Self in 8th NYPD Suicide This Year

By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A 35-year-old police officer took his own life early Tuesday morning, marking the eighth NYPD suicide this year and the sixth since June.

The seven-year veteran of the force was off-duty when he shot himself in the head in a home in Yonkers at 3:30 a.m.

Reports indicate the officer left a note and his fiancee was home at the time.

NYPD Chief of Department Terrence Monahan tells WNYC they are taking this seriously.

"We look at this is there a contagion, this is something that psychologists and psychiatrists talk about when one happens, that there may be more," he said. "We had averaged four to five suicides over the last few years, currently this year we have eight suicides. That is a very large number."

Last month, Monahan and other police brass spoke publicly about the couseling and services available.

"It's alright to come and ask for help, to come forward if you have an issue in your life that it's alright to come ask us or even go outside the agency. Get the help, if you're feeling that dark moment, get the help," Monahan told WNYC. "It's really devastating to see that it continues."

Commissioner James O'Neill insisted seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

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