A Bridgeport, Conn., police officer’s death Saturday night at his home in Milford is being investigated as a suicide, according to a Connecticut Post report.
Milford police found the unidentified sergeant before relaying the news to their brothers and sisters in Bridgeport.
The sergeant’s identity has not yet been released.
“We don’t know the circumstances, we don’t know what happened,” Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez told the newspaper. “It can’t get any worse.”
Milford police are handling the investigation, Perez noted.
The suicide comes more than a year after Bridgeport Police Officer Thomas Lattanzio killed himself in a seaside public park on Dec. 4, 2017.
There were 160 law enforcement suicides in 2018, 159 in 2017, and as I write this, we have had eight suicides for 2019. These are the ones we know about of course. It doesn’t include the ones which have been classified as an accidental death such as when cleaning one’s service weapon. — Nicholas Greco
In 2017 and 2018, many of you took a knee during the national anthem at football games. You took part in a wave of disrespect targeting police officers across the country … because you thought it was the “cool” thing to do.
But here’s what was happening while you were making your “statement” and then sipping on your beer.
In 2017, nearly 150 officers died by suicide. In 2018, it was 159 officers. — Kyle Reyes
My son John was a San Jose, Calif. police officer who took his life in December of 2008. He was a cop for 19 years. He had been through a long and bitter divorce. He was depressed, angry and worried about the impact of the divorce on his daughters, anxious about his finances, and feeling like a failure.
Until the last year of his life, my son was strong, secure, vibrant and healthy. But in that last year, he went down so fast that he didn’t realize it and neither did I. But I have found that is a common profile among cops who lose their way. And I have learned a few other things. — Brian Cahill