Another Chicago police officer found dead – his body discovered behind local elementary school

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CHICAGO, IL – Officials say that a Chicago Police officer died via an apparent suicide, and his body was found behind a local elementary school in Chicago.

Limited details have been shared regarding the manner of death, with officials only saying that the 24-year-old officer was found inside of their personal vehicle as of this writing.

On July 14th at approximately 7:35 a.m., Chicago Police Officer Christian Furczon was pronounced dead after being found slumped over inside of his car near Hale Elementary School in the 6100 block of South Melvina Avenue.

Officials say that the body of Officer Furczon was discovered prior to any students arriving at the elementary school for summer courses.

Officials say that an autopsy, that is slated to be conducted at a later date, will determine the cause and manner of death.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown shared a statement regarding the officers suspected suicide:

“Being a police officer is not an easy job, and our officers carry the weight of the world on their shoulders.”

“They put their lives on the line for the people of Chicago, all while balancing their daily lives and taking care of their families. At the end of the day, these police officers are only human. It’s so important now, more than ever, to remember that.”

The suspected suicide of this officer comes at a time where the Chicago Police Department suffered two losses from the department from apparent suicides back in March.

Superintendent Brown shared a message for the rank-and-file on July 14th, stressing to those that are enduring any sort of crisis to reach out to the resources within the Chicago Police Department to seek assistance:

“We know you are tired. While there is more to be done to strengthen officer wellness, I want to remind you there are Department resources available, in addition to your personal support systems.”

*We at Law Enforcement Today understand that life can present some difficult challenges, especially to those who are, or are related to, first responders. If you or a loved one is dealing with a mental health crisis or suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, available 24 hours a day, at 1-800-273-8255.

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As mentioned above, the Chicago Police Department suffered two losses from the department via suicides back in March. 

We at Law Enforcement Today reported on those tragic losses when new first broke. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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CHICAGO, IL – A Chicago Police officer was recently discovered deceased inside of a home, with officials treating the case as a suspected suicide. 

This officer’s passing marks the second fallen officer from within the Chicago Police Department in a week’s time.

The officer’s body was reportedly discovered during the evening of March 5th, at a residence around 108th and Drake within the Mount Greenwood neighborhood.

Officials have yet to release many details beyond that in the matter. 

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown did release a statement that noted the case is currently being treated as a suspected suicide: 

“It is with a heavy heart that I share that we are conducting a death investigation into the tragic loss of an active Chicago Police Department member.”

“The member was discovered inside a residence located in the 22nd police district. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner; however, at this time, the death appears to be by suicide.”

“As we grieve the loss of a dedicated and decorated 15-year department member, I want to extend my deepest condolences to his friends and family.”

“I know the CPD community is mourning, and that grief is deep and long-lasting. I know that it’s hard to take care of yourself and to reach out. I also know that we need to do more to support each other – and we will.”

Taking to Twitter, Superintendent Brown acknowledged the stresses that come with police work – and urged those “in crisis” to reach out for support:

“This job is not easy and is more difficult than ever. To the men and women of CPD: I know that it’s hard to take care of yourself and reach out. And I hear that, and know we need to do more.”

“I ask that we remain vigilant and look out for one another. EAP, the Chaplains Ministry, and Peer Support are available. Please contact them if you, or someone close to you, are in crisis.”

Similar sentiments were also shared on the CPD 20th District’s Twitter account:

“With the memory and pain still fresh from one of the[Chicago Police] family taking his own life, Police Chaplain Lewis-Davis offered words of support and encouragement at roll call today. Please, if you’re hurting or suffering in any way, please ask for help.”

This is an ongoing investigation. 

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further updates on this case.

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Earlier in June, we at Law Enforcement Today shared the saddening news that a Canton Township Police officer was murdered inside of his own home, allegedly by his 18-year-old son. 

In an update to that previous report, officials have released the name of fallen Officer Edward Jagst’s son believed to be responsible for the killing, identifying him as Hayden Jagst.

Hayden Jagst had appeared virtually at the 53rd District Court for his arraignment under charges of murder, among other charges, on June 23rd where he was ordered to be held without bond by Livingston County Magistrate Jerry Sherwood. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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BRIGHTON, MI – Officials from the Canton Township Police Department say one of their officers was fatally shot earlier in June by the officer’s own 18-year-old son

While a possible motive has not yet been shared by officials, police say that the suspect was reportedly suicidal during the alleged murder of his father. 

Canton Township Police Department officials identified the slain officer as 48-year-old Officer Edward Jagst.

The incident occurred after Brighton Police responded to a 911 from a residence within the 300 block of Woodlake Drive in Brighton at approximately 10:30 a.m. on June 21st. 

Officer Jagst’s daughter was the 911 caller, telling the operator that her brother had just shot their dad and that he was threatening to kill himself. 

By the time officers arrived on the scene, Officer Jagst was found fatally shot and lying in his bed and the victim’s son had already fled the home.

The suspect’s mother reportedly arrived at the home sometime after the incident, while having her son on the phone at the time.

She reportedly handed the phone over to an officer on the scene, and the officer was able to talk the suspect into returning to the scene and turning himself in. 

Shortly after the call, Michigan State Police and Livingston County Sheriff’s Office units had also located the suspect and he was taken into custody without further incident. 

Police said that the suspected firearm used in the murder was located in the suspect’s vehicle when he was taken into custody.

No motive for the alleged murder has been determined yet, as the suspect has not given any statement to investigators. 

The suspect, who has yet to be named by officials, was booked into the Livingston County Jail and is awaiting unspecified charges as of this writing. 

Reportedly, the slain officer’s child was on probation for a previous conviction of possession of burglary tools, which the suspect has been arraigned on June 22nd at 11:30 a.m. by Livingston County Circuit Court Judge Suzanne Geddis for a probation violation following his June 21st arrest.

Brighton Police Chief Rob Bradford commended the assisting agencies that helped in securing the suspect, while also affording condolences to Officer Jagst’s family and the Canton Township Police Department: 

“We want to thank all the departments that assisted with this tragedy and our hearts go out to the family and the entire Canton Township Police Department for the loss of such a well-respected man and officer.”

The slain officer was said to be a 21-year veteran for the Canton Township Police Department, who worked as an active patrol officer in several units as well as a school resource officer at the Plymouth Canton Educational Park.

Canton Township Police Chad Baugh had the following to say in a statement about Officer Jagst: 

“Officer Jagst was a remarkable man who was strong in his faith, and was a truly loving husband and father.”

“He was a shining example of love and service, and our Canton Police family, past and present, consider ourselves fortunate to have known him. Our hearts go out to the Jagst family at this time of tragedy.”

Monica L. Merritt, superintendent for Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, also shared her condolences after hearing about Officer Jagst’s passing: 

“Plymouth-Canton Community Schools is deeply saddened by the unexpected death of Officer Ed Jagst, who served the students, families, and staff at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park for several years as one of our valued School Resource Officers.”

“Officer Jagst made an incredibly positive impact on the lives of countless students and staff during his time with P-CCS. He will be fondly remembered for his passionate dedication to our school community, his engaging and fun personality, and his endless commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students, every day.”

This is an ongoing investigation. 

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further details regarding this developing case. 

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