Murder-suicide involves veteran Waterbury police officer who was battling cancer #PrivateOfficerNews

WATERBURY CT July 21 2016– A city police officer is suspected of shooting a man several times before turning the gun on himself in what is believed to be a murder suicide, according to multiple sources.

The officer, a military veteran with three children, was on the force for about a decade and is believed to have shot a father of two, James T. Stuart, early Wednesday following a domestic disturbance that began at the home he owned with his wife in Naugatuck.

The officer has been identified as Officer Hallock Yocher.

Waterbury police detectives arrived at the home where the shooting took place at 31-33 Marion Ave. and secured the area and processed the scene.

The gray house, with newer pieces of wood around its front porches and a real estate sign in front of it, was considered to be an active crime scene.

Police have not released a motive in the shooting.

Baby found in car after parents’ murder-suicide in Virginia #PrivateOfficerNews

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Virginia police said they found a baby Saturday unhurt in the backseat of a car where the infant’s parents died in an apparent murder-suicide.

The Accomack County Sheriff’s Office reported in a news release that deputies found 20-year-old Elizabeth Madison Ann Jensen of Sanford and 27-year-old Jonan Fabricio Gonzales-Funes of Bloxom both dead from apparent gunshot wounds inside a vehicle on Saturday morning.

Authorities said Gonzales-Funes was a correctional officer who worked for the sheriff’s office since September 2015. He reportedly had served as a Marine.

It was unclear how long the baby was left inside the car. Friends of the couple told WTKR that the baby had “a lot of mosquito bites” but otherwise was doing fine.

The infant was placed in the care of family members. Investigators believe Gonzales-Funes killed Jensen before turning the gun on himself.

A friend of the woman told WAVY that Jensen enjoyed horseback riding. “She always had a smile on her face, always laughing and having a good time,” Alyssa Behr said.

Both bodies were taken to the medical examiner’s office for autopsies.

Bethel CT police lieutenant commits suicide

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Bethel CT July 16 2016 A retired Bethel police officer killed himself Tuesday night during an encounter with police at his apartment complex.

Kevin Kennedy, who retired last year as a lieutenant after 34 years on the force, shot himself in the head at the Plumtree Heights Condominium Complex, Bethel Police said in a statement.

Officers were called to Kenendy’s apartment by his family, who expressed concerns about his health. During a conversation with the responding officers, Kennedy shot himself with a personal firearm. Medics took him to Danbury Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said.

Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker called Kennedy’s death “a tremendous loss for our town.”

“Lt. Kennedy was extremely well respected, both here in town hall and around the community,” Knickerbocker told The Courant on Wednesday.

He said he worked with Kennedy personally during the final years of his career in his capacity as the department’s liaison with the town’s leadership. Kennedy also “expressed a deep personal interest” in the proceedings in Knickerbocker’s office, especially discussions about the Bethel police union’s pension plan.

“He was just a great guy, and losing him this way hurts all of us,” Kennedy said.

Hudson County sheriff’s officer accused of DWI commits suicide #PrivateOfficerNews

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Hudson County NJ June 30 2016 A Hudson County sheriff’s officer suspended without pay after being charged last month with driving while intoxicated has committed suicide, a law enforcement source confirmed.

On May 14, Alexander Ferrer, 41, of West New York, was accused of DWI after his Jeep Grand Cherokee slammed into a bar in the area of Avenue E and 18th Street in Bayonne, police said.

On Monday just before 1 a.m., Ferrer was found dead in his home, said the source, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak about the incident. The suicide was first reported by Hudson County View.

Yesterday morning, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office and West New York police redirected all questions about the investigation to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, which only confirmed that a 41-year-old sheriff’s officer died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sheriff Frank X. Schillari issued a statement in the afternoon.

“All of us at the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office are extremely saddened by the terrible news of Sheriff’s Officer Alex Ferrer passing,” he said. “Alex served in our Court Division and SWAT Team, and had been a member of our department for the past 4 years. We offer our deepest condolences and our heartfelt sympathy to his family and loved ones.”

Nicholas J. Grillo, who came to know Ferrer and other sheriff’s officers as a funeral director in Jersey City, called him “a wonderful guy and friend.”

“I would never have assumed this would’ve happened,” he said, adding that Ferrer “had a great sense of humor” and “loved being a police officer.”

Matthew Gillen, a former Hudson County sheriff’s officer who worked with Ferrer for about two years, said Ferrer showed him the ropes when he was a new officer.

“When I first graduated from the academy, he was always one of the nicer guys,” said the 28-year-old, now a Bayonne firefighter. “He was a good friend to not only myself, but also to a lot of people in the Sheriff’s Office.”

He said Ferrer was “always reaching out to help without asking for anything in return.”

Westport police officer’s death ruled as suicide #PrivateOfficerNews

Westport Police Officer Robert Myer, seen here during a July 2011 patrol on the Saugatuck River, died on May 4, 2016 at his home in Newtown, Conn. Photo: Paul Schott / Paul Schott / Westport News

WESTPORT CT June 30 2016— The death of a town police officer has been ruled a suicide and the man’s family is looking to use his death to raise awareness about the stress on cops.

Westport Police Sgt. Robert Myer, 48, died May 4 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and his widow, Elizabeth, in an effort to support the American Society for Suicide Prevention, will walk in the “Out of Darkness Westport Walk” which seeks to reduce the suicide rate 20 percent by 2025.

“Being the wife of a police officer, I only knew a small percentage of the stress they carry. Bob gave 150 percent to anyone that asked of him, not only on the job but at home as well,” Myser said on her fundraising page. “Unfortunately, none of us recognized how much stress he was under. I am asking anyone to please join our team Myer #6920 or to donate to raise awareness so this crazy suicide rate lowers in the upcoming years.”

Myer, also a member of the Police Commission in his hometown of Newtown, was promoted to sergeant last December. He served on the Westport police force over 20 years.

In 1991 he began his career in Westport as an intern and was hired as a full-time officer in 1992. He was promoted to the rank of corporal in 2014, and when he advanced to sergeant in December, he was assigned as a supervisor in the Patrol Division.

He served as a member of the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team as a crisis negotiator, was on the Police Department’s crisis intervention team, the police Marine Division and its Honor Guard.

Myer had a highly decorated career, as well as dozens of letters from citizens thanking him for his assistance and dedication, according to police officials.

Westport News

Facing criminal sex charges, Broward County deputy sheriff commits suicide #PrivateOfficerNews

Bond set at $250,000 for Broward sheriff's sergeant arrested on child porn, illicit sex charges

Broward County FL June 18 2016

Facing numerous child pornography and illicit sex charges, a veteran Broward Sheriff’s sergeant wrote a suicide note and called 911 before pulling the trigger and shooting himself at his Sunrise home — less than eight hours after his release from jail.

Sgt. Kreg Costa, 43, died at the hospital at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, six hours after telling a 911 dispatcher to “send Sunrise PD to the sideyard” of his home address, a recording of the call revealed.

Costa, a married father of five, left at least one suicide note, authorities said. The contents have not been disclosed.

“It’s been said before, and it can’t be said enough, he had total love and devotion to his family,” Costa’s lawyer, Dan Aaronson, said Thursday morning. “He truly, truly adored his family, that was just so obvious.”

The road patrol sergeant had spent six nights in jail since his June 8 arrest. He posted $250,000 bond and was released at 10:57 a.m. Wednesday under the condition that he not be allowed to spend any time alone with his children, ages 3 to 12.

The accusations lodged against Costa did not involve his children.

All 29 felony charges stem from Costa’s online exchanges with a 16-year-old California girl, identified online as “Babygirl.” She was 15, and told Costa so, when they began communicating in August. Over eight months, Costa engaged in sexually charged conversations with her and coaxed her into supplying him with a steady stream of sexually explicit photos and videos of herself, a two-month investigation revealed.

Costa called 911 at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police found him bleeding from a self-inflicted gunshot wound outside next to his house in the 9100 block of Sunset Strip. No one else was home, and there were no witnesses, Sunrise police said.

“He was the caller,” said Officer Michelle Eddy, of the Sunrise Police Department. “He called before he shot himself.”

Aaronson had given Costa a ride home from jail and dropped him off in the driveway. Aaronson said he had no premonition that Costa might harm himself.

“We were discussing the future, therefore this was shocking to me,” Aaronson said. “In the 35 years that I have practiced law I have never picked up a client from jail and taken them home, but I did for him. It’s something I don’t normally do. I guess two hours later or so, he pulled the trigger.”

He did so, Aaronson said, because he knew his client didn’t have a ride and he wanted to be with him in case “a media circus” was awaiting Costa’s return home from jail.

Costa’s wife, Christina, was with her husband at the hospital in his final hours, Aaronson said.

“She was going through every emotion that you would expect somebody to have under these circumstances,” Aaronson said. “I would say she was traumatized and doing her best to deal with the situation.”

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday he intends to support Costa’s family in every possible way. “It broke my heart” seeing and speaking with Costa’s widow at the hospital, Israel said.

Costa was arrested June 9 after hidden cameras planted in his Weston office showed he spent three to four hours per midnight shift perusing online child porn featuring underage girls, incest, bondage and domination and having cybersex chats with the California girl, authorities announced last week.

At a news conference last week, Israel denounced the road patrol supervisor’s alleged actions as disgusting, disturbing, reprehensible, illegal and immoral.

Israel did not waiver Thursday from his reaction to Costa’s charges a week ago. “One person is responsible for this,” he said. “And that’s Kreg Costa.”

Hired in 1999, Costa was suspended without pay immediately after his arrest. Last year, he collected $146,000 in salary, including more than $10,000 in overtime.

NYPD officer wanted for allegedly raping teen niece hangs himself

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New York June 9 2016 A transit cop who was on the run after allegedly raping his 13-year-old niece was found dead in the Hamptons on Monday, police sources said.
Police believe the cop hanged himself in Hampton Bays, the sources said. The cop, who was from Transit District 23 in Rockaway Park, Queens, was accused of raping the girl in Brooklyn Saturday night, the sources said.
NYPD officers were hunting for him ever since. The cop talked to officers on the phone and suggested he was contemplating suicide, police sources said.
His guns were in NYPD custody, sources added.

Nashville metro police officer dies of self-inflicted gunshot #PrivateOfficerNews

NASHVILLE, Tenn. June 6 2016 A decommissioned Metro Nashville officer has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officer Jonathan Perez, 31, passed away in his South Nashville apartment Sunday morning.

Police and negotiators went to his home after they received information from a crisis hotline. When officers arrived to the scene at 9:30 a.m., there was no response.

They then gained entry into the apartment and found Perez.

Perez had been in a decommissioned status since March 29 when he was charged with misdemeanor stalking. He was accused of repeatedly contacting a co-worker with whom he had a previous dating relationship.

Perez was a five-year veteran with the Metro Nashville Police Department.


Sheriff’s deputy, wife fatally shot in Emmett Township #PrivateOfficerNews


EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich. June 6 2016— Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a married couple, including a deputy with the Calhoun County Sheriff Department.

Police Chief Mike Olson said the bodies of a man and a woman were found in the back yard of a house in the first block of McAlister Road in Emmett Township, southwest of Battle Creek.

Olson said the bodies were discovered by a family member and reported to a 911 emergency dispatcher at 7:51 a.m. Sunday.

Both died from apparent gunshot wounds, Olson said. A handgun was found at the scene and Olson said the shootings “are possibly domestic related.”

Sheriff Matt Saxton said in a prepared statement that the couple were married and the man had been a deputy with the department for 18 years.

The names have not been released pending positive identification and notification of family, some of whom are overseas, Olson said.

Saxton said the department is offering employees assistance to cope with the loss.

“As an organization, the Sheriff’s Office is greatly saddened for the family and will do everything we can to assist after this tragedy,” he said.

Emmett Township police were assisted at the scene by the City of Battle Creek Crime Lab, the Calhoun County Sheriff Department, the Calhoun County Prosecutor’s Office and the Calhoun County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Detectives were obtaining a search warrant for the home and were expecting to conduct some interviews as part of the death investigation.

Autopsies are scheduled Monday at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine.

NYPD deputy inspector commits suicide on golf course #PrivateOfficerNews

Suffolk County NY May 13 2016 An NYPD deputy inspector who had been questioned in the ongoing corruption probes of the department fatally shot himself in the head on Friday, The Post has learned.

Deputy Inspector Michael Ameri, 44, was found dead in his car in the parking lot of a Suffolk County golf course, law enforcement sources said.

It was not clear whether Ameri, of West Babylon, was a target of the joint FBI/NYPD investigation.

But the divorced father of a teenage son was one of several cops assigned to the district who were grilled about providing escorts and doing favors for a pair of businessmen.

Ameri was named commanding officer of the district, which investigates serious highway accidents, in May 2014. Previously, he was CO of the 78th Precinct in Park Slope.

“The US Attorney’s Office should expedite this case so no more police lives are lost and cops know what’s going to happen to them,” law enforcement sources said.

The two businessmen, Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg, are suspected of offering cash and gifts to police brass in exchange for favors, such as free NYPD security at special events and rides to and from the airport.

The feds and the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau are looking at the allegations among several other cases of alleged corruption, including cops taking cash for gun permits and getting luxe perks such as flights to Las Vegas from the pair.
NY Post

US Federal Agent Commits Suicide at NYC park #PrivateOfficerNews

Emergency responders rushed the man to Lenox Hill Hospital, but he could not be saved.

New York NY May 8 2016 A 42-year-old federal agent fatally shot himself in the head in a waterfront Chelsea park Friday in an apparent suicide, officials said.

The U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement deportation officer shot himself with his .40 caliber service pistol inside Pier 40 in Hudson River Park at around 11 a.m, police sources said.

The agent walked into the building, which houses park offices and several soccer fields, and shot himself in a walkway on the ground floor, sources said.

Emergency responders rushed him to Lenox Hill Hospital, but doctors were unable to save him.

The agent worked at a field office in lower Manhattan, blocks away from the scene of the shooting. Officials have not identified him, pending family notification.

“Tragically, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officer from the New York field office suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound and has passed away,” ICE said in a statement Friday afternoon.

“The agency is not releasing further details pending notification of the officer’s next of kin,“ the statement continued. “ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility is reviewing the matter and coordinating with the New York Police Department on the investigation.”

NY Daily News

San Antonio Police officer commits suicide on duty inside patrol car #PrivateOfficerNews

San Antonio police closed down a portion of Port Entry, near Loop 410, after responding to reports of a shooting involving an officer, April 19, 2016. Photo: By Mark D. Wilson/San Antonio Express-News

SAN ANTONIO TX April 20 2016 — A San Antonio Police Department officer died Tuesday morning while on duty in his patrol vehicle in an apparent suicide on the far East Side.

SAPD spokesperson Romana Lopez said the officer is a 10-year veteran of the force who has not been named but was an overnight patrol officer assigned to the East Side.

According to police, the officer was dispatched to a patrol-by around 5 a.m. Those types of calls do not require officers to respond to dispatchers and it is unclear whether he communicated with dispatchers after that point.

His body, in full uniform, was found around 7:30 a.m. when additional officers were sent to Loop 410 and Port Entry to check on him after he did not return to the police substation at the end of his shift, police said.

The officer’s vehicle is pulled slightly off the road on the two-lane Port Entry roadway, which is a dead-end street feeding off Loop 410 and is less than a mile long.

One side of the road is flanked by fenced-in area with large steel shipping containers.

Greene said the wound is apparently self-inflicted, though authorities are still investigating the incident and what led up to it.

At least two other SAPD officer died in suicides last year, according to San Antonio Express-News archives.

Officer Bryan Moen, a 13-year-veteran of the department was found dead at Public Safety Headquarters in April, and Capt. Michael Gorhum died in August in La Vernia.

Huntsville Alabama police officer found dead of suicide #PrivateOfficerNews

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Huntsville AL April 13 2016 A Huntsville police officer was found dead overnight, the victim of a gunshot wound.

James Rushbrook, a 13-year veteran of the police force, was found in a wooded area in Madison County, Huntsville Police spokesman Stacy Bates said. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation of his death, which is believed to be a suicide.

No foul play is suspected, Bates said. Rushbrook was off-duty when he died.

Rushbrook, a member of the Madison/Morgan County HIDTA Drug Task Force (STAC) since 2010, was honored last May by the Optimist Clubs of Madison County as an outstanding law enforcement officer. In an announcement of the honor, the club said that Rushbrook’s “strong work ethics and dedication to serve (the) community against the ‘war on drugs’ (was) unique.

He had also in the past been honored with the Meritorious Service medal, citations and letters of commendation from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division.

Rushbrook’s family has asked for privacy in their time of grief, Bates said.

Philly Police Lieutenant Commits Suicide #PrivateOfficerNews

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PHILADELPHIA PA April 10 2016 –The former commander of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Firearms Identification Unit died of an apparent suicide Wednesday, a day before he was scheduled to face questions from prosecutors about thefts from the department, law enforcement officials said.

A police spokeswoman confirmed that Lt. Vincent J. Testa, 53, who worked in North Philadelphia’s 39th District, was found unresponsive at his residence by his girlfriend Wednesday morning. Police declined to release a cause of death but said that there were no signs of foul play.

Testa’s ex-wife said he told her a few weeks ago that the police department took away his police-issued gun, although no charges had been filed against him. The department generally takes guns away from police who are to be fired.

Officials who asked that their names not be used, said Testa committed suicide the day before he was supposed to appear at the District Attorney’s Office for questioning about thefts several years ago from the Firearms Identification Unit when he was the unit’s commander.

The thefts were first reported by the Daily News in 2011. Then-Commissioner Charles Ramsey moved Testa from his command of the unit, and one of Testa’s subordinates retired after allegedly admitting that he had stolen weapons parts.

Ramsey also asked the U.S. Department of Justice to audit the firearms unit. That audit found that numerous guns were missing.

Testa’s former wife, Donna, said in an interview Wednesday that her ex-husband had been worried about the investigation.

“He was very upset, anxious and not able to eat because, he said, he didn’t know what was going on,” she said. “He thought that it might be related to what happened in 2011.”

She called Testa “a wonderful, wonderful guy – and that’s coming from an ex-wife.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Lima Ohio police sergeant commits suicide #PrivateOfficerNews

LIMA OH March 25 2016— Police officials were in a state of shock Tuesday as news spread about the death of a popular sergeant who took his own life.

Sgt. David Gillispie was remembered Tuesday as an officer who always dedicated himself to helping the community and working hard for the Lima Police Department, where he had worked for nearly 20 years.

“We are devastated by this very tragic loss,” Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin said. “Sgt. Gillispie was a very valuable member of this department. He will be greatly missed.”

The department’s critical incident team, which includes counselors along with chaplains who volunteer with the department, were available to meet with officers and staff. The agency also uses professionals at St. Rita’s Medical Center that any staff member can use, Martin said.

“This is a terrible tragic loss. As hard as it is for us in the department, I know it’s even harder for his family. I ask the community to please keep his family in their thoughts and prayers,” Martin said.

His funeral arrangements were incomplete.

The Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office reported Gillispie’s death Tuesday. Deputies and detectives responded at 12:51 p.m. Monday to the German Zion Cemetery on Eisley Road just east of Kossuth on report of a man with a gun sitting in a vehicle parked in the cemetery threatening suicide. Deputies tried to talk to Gillispie but for a reason still to be determined, Gillispie took his own life at the scene, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The 43-year-old Gillispie was married and a father to five children. He was a decorated police officer having been chosen as Ohio’s Finest Law Enforcement Officer in 2014 among all police officers in the state. He also was the 2014 Lima Exchange Club’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Gillispie joined the Lima Police Department on Sept. 4, 1996. One of his first assignments was as a community policing officer during the original community-oriented policing initiative, a position he loved and really believed in his work working with residents to solve problems.

When that position was later abolished because of financial constraints, Gillispie teared up in an interview talking about leaving the assignment.

Still, Gillispie was always a team player who would embrace any assignment he had and tackle it with 100 percent of his energy and never complain. He later would work as an investigator and as a member of the PACE Unit, which became the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force, investigating various crimes, including drugs.

Most recently, he worked as a sergeant on third shift. He became a sergeant in 2012, Martin said.

Gillispie was a member of the Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force through the FBI but gave that position up about a year ago because of the demands of his assignment on third shift, Martin said.

He also was a member of the agency’s tactical team, bike patrol, and the agency’s honor guard.

A man with mental problems stabbed Gillispie in the head in 2013 with a screwdriver outside the Police Department. Gillispie was able to pull his gun and shoot the man to stop the attack. Even after the attack, Gillispie, bleeding from the head and injured, somehow found the strength to check on the man and get him help.

He also was credited with stopping a man from shooting another officer in 2000 during a traffic stop. Gillispie has been described as fearless in his efforts to protect residents, including in 2005 when he chased a man with a submachine gun, stopping him before that man hurt anyone. In 2007, he ran into a burning house to rescue a paraplegic woman who was trapped in her wheelchair, saving her life.

While his family kept him busy outside of work, Gillispie found time to volunteer for any activity his children had such as coaching a sports team or helping as a Boy Scout leader.

Off-duty NJ officer found shot to death in car #PrivateofficerNews

SAYREVILLE, N.J. March 24 2016— An off-duty New Jersey police officer has been found dead from gunshot wounds in his car in the parking lot of a closed movie theater complex.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey says the Sayreville police officer was found dead Monday morning.

Investigators were examining a black Dodge with a shattered window on its passenger side door. The vehicle was not a police cruiser.

Spokesman James O’Neill says the department began investigating after being alerted to a report of a body near the former movie theater off Route 9 in Sayreville.

Police cars and investigators are lined up on a highway next to the closed movie theater.

The police officer has been identified as Matthew Kurtz
This shooting has now been ruled a suicide.

Reynoldsburg officer accused of drug charges commits suicide #PrivateOfficerNews

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DELAWARE, Ohio Feb 24 2016 The Reynoldsburg Police Department confirmed that Tye L. Downard committed suicide Monday while in custody at the Delaware County Jail.

According to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Downard, 43, of Westerville, was found dead at about 1:30am Monday after hourly inmate checks.

Deputies said Downard had hanged himself in his single-person jail cell.

Sheriff Russell Martin said another inmate died overnight but said the cases were not linked. He said the other inmate, Rhianna Filichia, had “recent medical issues” and died at the hospital.

Downard was facing federal charges of possession of drugs with the intent to distribute.

According to federal investigators, Downard made more than 20 deliveries of narcotics, including heroin, cocaine, marijuana and Percocet pills, between October 2015 and February 2016.

Court documents allege that Downard delivered drugs to an individual to sell on 21 different occasions.

The complaint further alleges that Downard seized blue-and-white Percocet pills during a search warrant and provided blue-and-white Percocet pills to the individual to sell two days later.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien already plans to review as many as 50 of detective Tye Downard’s cases. Some closed, and some still pending.

“People have to have confidence in the system,” he said. “We can’t have cases that are suspect because he was involved.”

O’Brien is already dropping charges in State v. Mark A. Smith. He says that could be the first of many.

Downard’s defense attorney Sam Shamansky says he planned to defend his client to the fullest.

“He was as fine an officer as I’ve ever met,” Shamansky said, speaking to NBC4 via Skype from a beach vacation.


Retired Waltham police officer, wife dead in murder-suicide #PrivateOfficerNews

WALTHAM, Mass. Feb 15 2016 Authorities have identified two people found dead in a murder-suicide as a retired Waltham police officer and his wife.

Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement Tuesday that the victims were 51-year-old Kevin O’Connor and his wife, 51-year-old Jeannine O’Connor.

Waltham police made a well-being check at the couple’s Waltham residence at about 5 p.m. Saturday and found the two dead. Police say both victims died of gunshot wounds.

Investigators determined that Kevin O’Connor shot his wife multiple times before shooting himself.

Ryan says it’s a “tragic incident of domestic violence.”

The investigation is ongoing.
Associated Press

Durham NC police officer dies from suicide #PrivateOfficerNews

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Oxford NC Jan 28 2016 Police have confirmed this morning that a A Durham Police officer has committed suicide while off-duty at his home.
The Granville County Sheriff confirmed Wednesday morning that they responded to a shooting and found the man dead in the garage.

Law enforcement identified the deceased man as Officer Brenden Tate, 28, a police officer employed by Durham [police department.

Officials said he shot himself with his service weapon in his garage.

Billings MT police officer commits suicide #PrivateOfficerNews

BILLINGS MT Jan 17 2016

The Billings Police Department is doing its best to cope with the loss of Sgt. Shawn Finnegan, who served the Billings community for 18 years before committing suicide Tuesday night.

Chief Rich St. John said Friday that the department has brought in crisis counselors to address the grief of losing such a highly respected leader.

Dating back to before St. John was chief, he said, the BPD has never lost a member of law enforcement to suicide.

Here’s what St. John had to say about the loss of Finnegan:

“He is what you would want a Billings police officer to look like, in every aspect, both professionally and in his personal life.

Both, with he and his brother, I wouldn’t want either one of them after me, absolutely tenacious, tireless.

He has touched people’s lives truly in ways that I don’t think people can understand.

You have a, you know, one of our top guys, probably one of the best officers to come out of the police department, have difficulties and we didn’t know it.

A police suicide in many cases is different and more difficult than a line-of-duty death because we are in a constant search of answers for why, and that’s what everyone struggles with when you deal with these situations.

And we want to help, we want to do something, and there’s a feeling of hopelessness so we’ve got to make sure we are looking after each other and at the same time, 100 percent focus goes to the family.

That’s where we’re at right now.

From a chief’s perspective, it’s two families.

It’s the Finnegan family and it’s the police department family because their grief is no less than anyone else’s.

Yes, people think that we have no emotions, that we’re the problem solvers, that this stuff doesn’t bother us. You know, it does.”

Finnegan’s memorial is Monday at 11 a.m. at MetraPark Pavilion.

St. John said Mayor Tom Hanel will give the eulogy because it would just be too difficult for St. John to do.