Feb. 17, 2020 By Allie Griffin
An off-duty NYPD officer died by suicide inside a Middle Village home today.
The 53-year-old detective took his own life at a home on 79th Street and was found by family members shortly before 1 p.m., police said.
The officer’s suicide is the first NYPD member suicide in 2020. Last year, a string of 10 officer suicides shook the city and the department.
The officer reportedly hanged himself inside his mother’s home, according to the New York Post.
The officer was recently placed on modified duty and has his gun taken away for an unknown reason, the news article stated.
A large police presence was seen near 79th Street and 58th Avenue, in the vicinity of the officer’s mother’s home, today around 1:40 p.m.
The officer’s identity was withheld pending proper family notification.
That’s so sad to hear.
Very very sad…law enforcement Job’s are extremely stressful. The NYPD needs to address these problems differently and treat officers without the old stigma where cops are afraid to seek help without the fear of loosing their jobs and pensions. Stop these tragedies now…
My heart hurts that another officer thought that suicide was the only option. There are constant reminders, ads (even on police cars) about getting help and it’s been made clear that no officer will be shunned or embarrassed if he or she asks for help. My condolences to his family and his NYPD family. This has got to stop and they have to know that things will get better and are not as drastic as they seem.
My prayers go out to his family. So many suffer in silence .