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Chicago Police Officer Takes His Life in Station Parking Lot

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(Photo courtesy Antoinette Alcazar)

CHICAGO, Ill. – A Chicago police officer shot himself in the head Sunday night in the parking lot of a police station on the South Side. After an autopsy, the death of Brandon Krueger, 37 has been ruled a suicide, the Chicago Sun-Times and others report.

Krueger, who lived in Mount Greenwood, was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. He died at the Chicago Police Department’s 5th District station located at 727 E. 111th Street in the Pullman neighborhood. The Chicago Tribune reports the officer shot himself in his patrol car with his service weapon.

Anthony Guglielmi, a CPD spokesman, confirmed that Krueger was in his patrol unit in the station parking lot when he ended his life.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and certainly his police family,” Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. “We know they’re very affected. The superintendent talked to those folks today. It’s very difficult for us and we’ve made awareness about suicide a priority because we know we’re one of the departments with the highest rates of suicide.”

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Krueger was hired by the CPD five years ago and was assigned to the Bureau of Organized Crime, which primarily focuses on gang, narcotics and vice investigations, Guglielmi said.

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Krueger was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Members of the Police Department’s employee assistance program were sent to the district Sunday night and Monday.

He leaves behind his wife, Andrea, three children and two stepchildren as well as both parents and a sister, according to his obituary.

Friends will remember him with a visitation at the St. Rita Shrine Chapel, 7740 S. Western Ave. from 3-9 p.m. on Thursday. A funeral is scheduled for Friday.

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