CHICAGO – Chicago police say the death of an off-duty officer is now being investigated as a possible suicide. The woman was found fatally shot Saturday night in the city’s Tri-Taylor neighborhood.
Authorities believe she died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. They are still investigating the circumstances of the shooting and waiting to get more details from the medical examiner’s office, reported ABC7 Chicago.
According to CPD, the officer was found shot around 9:15 p.m. Saturday in the 900 block of South Bell.
Chicago Police Chief Communications Officer Anthony Gugliemi said via Twitter, “Preliminary investigation reveals a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound. Detectives have classified this as a death investigation as we investigate the circumstances leading up to the shooting and await confirmation and additional information from the medical examiner.”
CASE UPDATE: Prelim investigation reveals possible self-inflicted gunshot wound. Detectives have classified this as a death investigation as we investigate the circumstances leading up to the shooting & await confirmation & additional info from the medical examiner. https://t.co/gS5M6qrdFU
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 3, 2019
The department confirmed they are ruling this a death investigation. Nevertheless, they are releasing very few additional details.
Because this is an active investigation, there have been conflicting reports from Chicago police. At first, police listed the shooting as a domestic incident, and said a person was in custody in connection to the shooting. But police later said the incident wasn’t domestic, according to ABC7.
A procession followed the fallen officer as she was taken to the medical examiner’s office earlier today.
Police say they are in the process of adding more counselors to their employee assistance program.
If you feel suicidal or you’re worried about someone you know, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also text the Crisis Text Line by messaging TALK to 741741. Police officers can text the word BLUE to 741741.
For more information, visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Chicago: 1-833-NAMI-CHI (1-833-626-4244) or 312-563-0445
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR CHICAGO POLICE EMPLOYEES IN NEED
Chicago Police Employee Assistance Program
Professional Counseling: 312-743-0378
Chicago Police Peer Support: 312-672-9973