Second NYPD officer dead in a month after deciding it was all too much for him to handle

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NEW YORK, NY– According to reports, a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer fatally shot himself in his Manhattan apartment on Wednesday, April 28th. 

The officer, who is 34-years-old, was reported discovered by police inside his Stuyvesant Town apartment around 7:15 p.m. after he failed to show up to work his shift. The deceased officer’s name has yet to be released.

Authorities reported that the deceased officer was found lying face down on his bed with a bullet wound to his head. A gun was lying besides him and a shell casing was found nearby. Residents at the apartment complex said that a swarm of cops converged in the area later that evening.

According to multiple people who received an alert, a text message was sent from building management to residents informing them that somebody had taken their own life. The officer reportedly joined the department in 2013 and was stationed out of  Times Square.

This successful suicide is believed to the the second in the NYPD thus far this year. On April 5th, Deputy Inspector Denis Mullaney shot himself in the head inside a department vehicle in Queens. Allegedly, Mullaney made a call to family members prior to him fatally shooting himself that led them to believe he was suicidal. 

According to authorities, cops tried to locate Mullaney’s phone, but he had already pulled the trigger by the time they got to the vehicle on Underhill Avenue near the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway.

In 2019, 10 officers took their own lives, which was double the rate of years prior. The crisis led the department to create a new confidential suicide prevention program called “Finest Care.” The program offers free treatment from New York-Presbyterian psychiatrists and psychologists.

Reportedly, under this program, officers can seek help anonymously at the hospital system. A similar system has existed for LAPD as well as Chicago and Houston. 

In early March, Chicago police lost two officers to suicide within four days of each other. According to reports, Officer Jeffrey Troglia shot himself in the basement of his Southwest Side home four days after Officer James Daly fatally shot himself in the Town Hall police state on the North Side. 

Troglia joined the force back in 2006 and worked in the department’s gang investigations unit. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said in a statement:

“It is with deep sadness that for the second time this week, I must share the difficult news of the death of one of our own in what appears to be a suicide. Our deepest condolences go out to the officer’s family and friends, who are now grieving over this unimaginable tragedy.”

He added:

“This job is not easy and is more difficult than ever. To the mend 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.”

At least 10 Chicago police officers have committed suicide since 2018, including Deputy Chief Dion Boyd, who was found dead of a gunshot wound in July 2020 in the Homan Square police facility on the West Side.

A 2017 Justice Department report found that the department’s suicide rate was 60 percent higher than the nationwide average for officers. 

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Chicago officer found dead from suspected suicide – days after fellow cop found dead of suicide

March 6th, 2021

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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We at Law Enforcement Today recently reported of another recent loss, with an officer from the LAPD succumbing to sustained injuries from an on-duty incident. 

Here’s that previous report from earlier in March. 

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LOS ANGELES, CA – An LAPD officer that was struck by a driver while working the scene of a crash on February 26th in South Los Angeles reportedly succumbed to his injuries on March 3rd. 

The LAPD recently announced the passing of Officer Jose Anzora, who died six days after being struck by a driver on February 26th while he was on-duty. 

Officer Anzora was reportedly conducting traffic control at the scene of a collision at approximately 7:30 p.m. near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Woodlawn Avenue when he was struck by a driver. 

Following the incident, Officer Anzora was reportedly rushed to a nearby hospital – where at first, reports came in suggesting the officer was in stable condition.

However, further updates revealed that Officer Anzora’s condition was then critical. 

A statement released by the LAPD on March 3rd shared the unfortunate news that Officer Anzora had passed away: 

“Our hearts are heavy once again as we mourn the loss of Police Officer II Jose Anzora, Serial No. 40848, who passed away earlier today following a heroic battle for his life after being injured while on-duty.

“Our deepest condolences go out to Officer Anzora’s wife, family, colleagues, and friends in this most difficult time.

“His passing is a loss for not only his brothers and sisters in the LAPD, but for the people of Los Angeles for whom he gave his life.”

Officer Anzora had been with the LAPD since 2011, spending a majority of his time with the force within the LAPD’s Newton Division. 

LAPD Chief Michael Moore referred to Officer Anzora as a “guardian & protector” when taking to Twitter to share news of the saddening loss: 

“Today we lost a guardian & protector. LAPD Officer Jose Anzora served for nearly a decade. He tragically lost his life in the selfless service in the communities in South LA. Our gratitude to the medical professionals who fought so hard to save his life. May God welcome him home.”

Eileen Decker, president of the Board of Police Commissioners, also shared the following statement regarding the death of Officer Anzora: 

“On behalf of the Board of Police Commissioners, I want to express our condolences to the family, fellow officers and civilians with whom Officer Anzora served and the entire LAPD family.

“This is such a tragedy and words cannot express the loss to all. We thank him for his service to our City of Angels and may he rest in peace.”

A procession was reportedly held for the fallen officer following the announcement of his passing, with LAPD officers and members from other law enforcement agencies accompanying Officer Anzora’s body as he was moved from the L.A. County + USC Medical Center to the county’s coroner’s office.

As for the driver who reportedly struck Officer Anzora on February 26th, police officials say that the driver is cooperating with authorities on the investigation. 

It’s unclear as of this writing whether any charges are being considered for the driver involved in the incident, and officials have not released the name of the driver as of this time. 

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