Durham NC police officer dies from suicide privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Brenden Tate

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 privateofficer.com #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.


Manassas City police detective in teen ‘sexting’ case commits suicide privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Manassas VA Dec 16 2015 

A Manassas City police detective, who was the lead investigator in a controversial teen “sexting” case last year, shot and killed himself outside his home Tuesday morning as police tried to arrest him for allegedly molesting two boys he met while coaching youth hockey in Prince William County.

David E. Abbott Jr., 39, was a member of the Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and had been an officer on the Manassas City force for 14 years. In his spare time he coached 13- and 14-year-old boys in travel hockey for the Potomac Patriots program at the Prince William Ice Center in Woodbridge, club officials said. When Prince William police learned Monday of the allegations of improper contact by Abbott over a period of years, they moved quickly.

Police said they learned that Abbott had sent inappropriate text messages and emails to a 13-year-old boy he met through the hockey program. By phone and social media, Abbott had been asking the boy for sex acts for more than two years, county police said.

Detectives then learned of a second potential victim, a boy who was 13 and was also part of the Patriots hockey club in 2008 when Abbott began sending him inappropriate messages, police said. Early Tuesday, Prince William police obtained a search warrant for Abbott’s townhouse on Senea Drive in Gainesville, where he lived with his mother. Police also obtained four felony arrest warrants — two counts of indecent liberties by a custodian and two counts of use of a communication device to solicit a sexual offense.

Police arrived at the townhouse about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Prince William Sgt. Jonathan Perok said. Abbott refused to surrender. Aware that the detective probably had weapons, the police then evacuated some nearby townhouses as a precaution, Perok said.

The standoff lasted for more than four hours. Abbott came outside of the townhouse and was speaking with officers, Perok said. Then, around 7 a.m., Abbott shot himself, Perok said.

Abbott was the lead detective in a child pornography investigation last year in which a Manassas City teen was charged with sending explicit video of himself to his girlfriend. In order to establish that the teen was the person in the video, Abbott and Prince William prosecutors obtained a search warrant to take a photo of the teen’s erect penis, for comparison with the explicit video.

The teen’s attorneys criticized the warrant as inappropriate, and the police and prosecutors later withdrew it. The teen was later placed on probation for a year, and police said in a news release that prosecutors had instructed Abbott to obtain the controversial warrant.

Abbott then sued the teen’s defense attorney and her firm, accusing them of defamation for a critical comment the lawyer made in The Washington Post. Abbott dropped the lawsuit last month, but the case was not over. The teen’s family hired Alexandria civil rights lawyer Victor Glasberg, who notified Abbott, his department and the prosecutors in August of his intent to file a federal lawsuit over their handling of the case. Glasberg said Tuesday he did not know whether he would proceed with the suit.

“This is a tragic and sad day for the Abbott family, the juvenile victims and their families, the Manassas City Police Department, and our community,” Manassas City police said in a statement. “In spite of these recent developments regarding the serious allegations against him, we are grateful for the contributions Det. Abbott made during his time with Manassas City Police, to include the prosecution and conviction of hundreds of criminals.” Abbott was the lead detective in the investigation of serial child predator Kevin Ricks, sentenced to 45 years in prison for molestations in Virginia and Maryland.

Abbott’s department said it was aware of the new investigation but did not speak with him about it prior to his suicide Tuesday.

R.J. Ziegler, general manager of the Potomac Patriots, said the hockey club was saddened by the news. “We are taking steps to ensure that the needs and well-being of the club’s children, families and staff are being attended to at this time,” Ziegler said.

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Denver deputy uploaded nude images of boys and girls on Twitter privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Denver CO Dec 15 2015 A Denver Sheriff Department deputy uploaded nude images of boys and girls on Twitter, some of which showed children performing sexual acts on adults or each other, according to court records.

Investigators say at least one of the images showed a child who was 10 years old, according to an arrest affidavit.

Philip Mangeri, 32, faces two felony counts in an Adams County criminal case filed Dec. 3, including allegations of child sex exploitation and possession of more than 20 images of child pornography.

The Denver Sheriff Department has placed Mangeri on leave. He was arrested by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 4.

The affidavit says numerous photos and videos of suspected child pornography were found on a cell phone and computer linked to Mangeri.

When confronted with the case in a Denver Sheriff Department internal affairs interrogation room, Mangeri declined to speak without a lawyer, according to the affidavit.

Mangeri was living with his fiancée and four children at the time the investigation began, said the affidavit. Investigators say they found personal family photos amongst some of the child pornography.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Mangeri in February after Colorado authorities were tipped off by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The NCMEC learned about the case after Twitter reported Mangeri’s activity, the affidavit says.

Mangeri is next due in court Jan. 19 for a preliminary hearing.

Records show Mangeri posted a $5,000 bond and has been released.

Denver Post

Rochester police officer commits suicide privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

ROCHESTER, Minn. Dec 4 2015

Olmsted County law enforcement have announced some tragic news for the Rochester Police Department. Investigators believe officer Mitchell Jenson took his own life after his body was found in a Rochester park Wednesday, one day after he was placed on administrative leave.

According to the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, Jenson was placed on administrative leave Tuesday for allegations involving a criminal investigation while off duty. Details about the investigation are not being released at this time.

Wednesday, law enforcement received a 911 call about a body found at Essex Park in northwest Rochester at 10:25 a.m. Officers arrived to find Jenson’s body in the pavilion. An initial investigation revealed that Jenson died of a gunshot wound, believed to be self-inflicted, according to the sheriff’s office.

Jenson was 49 years old and a 5-year veteran with the Rochester Police Department, where he received many letters of appreciation and awards, including being named a two-time Minnesota DWI All-Star.

“This is certainly one of our worst days,” said Rochester Police Chief Roger Peterson. “It’s very difficult from the department standpoint. We feel like we’ve lost a member of our family because we have lost a member of our family.”

Jenson was also a 24-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Jenson was married and had children.

“Rochester Police Department and the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office extend our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of officer Jenson. We also ask at this time to respect the privacy of officer Jenson and his close friends,” said Sheriff Kevin Torgerson.

Grief counseling is being provided for the department.


Retired NY Deputy Police Chief Kills Ex-Girlfriend privateofficer.com

Goshen NY Nov 24 2015 The former deputy police chief of an Upstate New York community shot and killed his ex-girlfriend Saturday and before turning the gun on himself, state police investigators say.

State Troopers and local police responded to a report of multiple gunshots in the Town of Goshen at about 8:30 a.m. They found the body of Marie Giannone, 55, in the driver seat of her vehicle with several gunshot wounds, officials said.

Troopers further searched the area and found Patrick Sorrentino, 55, of Marlboro, dead from a single gunshot wound. Sorrentino retired as deputy chief of the Newburgh Police Department in 2007 after spending five years on leave related to an injury.

Sorrentino and Giannone dated for about 18 months and broke up in August, investigators said. Sorrentino subsequently became withdrawn and angry, they said.

“It saddens us that Patrick Sorrentino took the life of an innocent person prior to taking his own,” said Newburgh Police Chief Daniel Cameron. “Our hearts go out to everyone that is grieving from this senseless act.”


Commerce City police officer arrested after shooting privateofficer.com

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –Nov 16 2015

A Commerce City police officer who said he was shot last weekend has been arrested and charged with a felony.

Our partners at KMGH in Denver report that officer Kevin Lord was arrested Friday night. District Attorney Dave Young says Lord is being charged with attempting to influence a public official and false reporting.

Just a day before Lord’s arrest federal officials had announced a $20,000 reward for information about the shooting. Officials had hoped someone would recognize the person responsible for allegedly shooting Lord in the chest during a routine traffic stop on Sunday morning.

The investigation is ongoing. All details as to what happened during the shooting have been sealed.

Webb County TX deputy commits suicide by cop privateofficer.com

LAREDO, TEXAS Nov 13 2015 We have more information on a story we brought you on Monday about a standoff that ended with the death of a deputy from the Webb County Sheriff’s Office.

A young deputy sheriff lost his life in what started out as an attempted suicide call to the Laredo Police Department.

According to the new information, the victim in this case, Cesar Cuellar, Junior , pointed a gun at the two female officers, and one of the officers responded by opening fire.

Although most of the information given out to the public is preliminary, Laredo Police Chief Raymond Garner says outside agencies are taking care of the investigation.

“Both officers were in the room made contact with Mr. Cuellar they told him to drop the weapon”, said Laredo Police Chief Ray Garner.

Chief garner says later this week or early next week- the department will release more information on who the two officers involved in the shooting are.

But at this time they are both placed on administrative reassignment pending the result of the investigation.

Below is the original text from this story:

A stand off Monday morning ends in tragedy as a young deputy sheriff loses his life in what started out as an attempted suicide call to Laredo police.

Police were called to the Shiloh Crossing apartments in north Laredo, where they received information of a possibly armed man, threatening to commit suicide.

Police say that’s where they found 25-year-old Webb County Deputy Sheriff, Cesar Cuellar Jr and the situation turned deadly.

“When our officers arrived they went in the house, or in the apartment, and we’re still now investigating exactly what happened. The person that was shot was armed, and he was shot by one of our Laredo Police officers”, said chief Ray Garner.

Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar released a statement saying the following.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Cesar Cuellar, Jr., and to the families of everyone involved in this tragic situation. I have been in law enforcement my entire life and I can tell you that anytime you lose one of your own, it is very difficult on everyone involved.”

Deputy Cuellar had only been with us for a few weeks, but once you put on that uniform, you’re a brother or sister in law enforcement, and a loss like this affects everyone.”

Grief counselors will also be made available for any member of the Webb County Sheriff’s Office to help cope with the deputy’s loss.


Live Oak Police Sergeant Indicted for Possessing Child Pornography privateofficer.com

JACKSONVILLE, FL Nov 11 2015 —United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Kyle Adam Kirby (age 35, Live Oak) with possession of child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison, and a potential life term of supervised release. Kirby was arrested on October 28, 2015, at the Live Oak Police Department. His trial is scheduled to begin on January 4, 2016; Kirby is being detained pending trial.

According to court documents, FBI agents and other law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at Kirby’s residence as the result of an online child pornography investigation. That same morning, the Live Oak police chief authorized the agents to inspect and search the computer located inside Kirby’s patrol car. A forensic examination of the patrol car computer used by Kirby revealed that it contained at least 87 thumbnail images in a “Downloads” folder that either depicted minor children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including one involving a toddler, or that had titles indicative of child pornography. In addition, the Internet browser history on the computer contained search terms commonly used by individuals who search for child pornography online.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

It is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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Fox Lake IL police officer’s death now ruled suicide privateofficer.com


Fox Lake IL Nov  4 2015 Investigators are expected to announce Wednesday that the September shooting death of a police officer in a quiet town north of Chicago that spurred a massive manhunt was in fact a suicide, according to multiple reports.

Fox Lake Police officer Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, whose death authorities had been treating as a homicide since he was found dead on Sept. 1, died of self-inflicted wounds, Fox 32 Chicago and WLS-TV report.

Both outlets cited anonymous sources as saying that the death would be ruled a suicide .

The Lake County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that they would announce “conclusive results of the investigation” on Wednesday morning, but declined to comment on the reports.

Investigators said at the time of Gliniewicz’s death that he was patrolling in an industrial area in Fox Lake, near the Illinois-Wisconsin border, when he radioed dispatch to say that he was going to check on suspicious activity he had spotted.

He described the suspects as two white men and a black man to dispatchers. Gliniewiciz called for backup, saying he was in a foot chase, but was not heard from again.

Officers responding to his call found his body. An intense manhunt involving hundreds of law enforcement officials failed to produce any arrests or identify the suspects. Authorities viewed surveillance video from several homes and businesses in the area and had said they hoped to develop clues that would lead them to the suspects.

The manhunt disrupted train service and school in the area was cancelled on the day following the shooting as officers went about hunting for three men.

Days after Gliniewicz’s death, Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd said he couldn’t rule out suicide as a possible cause of the officer’s death. About a month after he died, investigators said he’d been shot once in his protective vest and once in the upper left area of his torso.

But until now, investigators continued to treat the case as a homicide investigation.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and hundreds of police officers from across the nation were among thousands who paid their respects to Gliniewicz at a viewing and funeral service.

Gliniewicz had been an officer for more than 30 years and was nearing retirement at the time of his death.

Officers cope with suicide of Victoria police officer privateofficer.com

Victoria AU Oct 14 2015 The suicide of a Victorian policewoman has highlighted the heavy toll emergency services work takes on officers and prompted calls for better suicide prevention measures.

The senior constable used her police-issue gun to take her own life while on duty at the Seaford Multi-Disciplinary Centre, which helps victims of sexual assault in Melbourne’s south-east, on Monday.

She was a mother in her mid-30s and had been a policewoman for more than 12 years.

Her colleagues have been offered counselling, Police Association secretary Ron Iddles said.

“I think it’s always sad when we actually lose a member, but when a member takes their own life I think it’s far, far more tragic,” he said.

Mr Iddles said 220 police officers had taken sick leave for psychological problems like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress in the last year.

A Police Association survey of 3,500 members found 77 per cent had trouble sleeping because of their work, and 8 per cent had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder over the past three years.

Mr Iddles said the policewoman’s death demonstrated the importance of cultural change, so people could seek help without fearing the consequences.

“I think in the past there has been a stigma in relation to putting your hand up and saying, ‘I’m not coping’, for fear that you might lose your job,” he said.

Four police suicides in recent years prompted Victoria Police to launched a nationwide review.

It is also working on a smartphone app to help officers suffering from mental illness.

An investigation will look at the circumstances surrounding the death of the leading senior constable.

Professor Sam Harvey from the Black Dog Institute said the death was a reminder of the mental health consequences of emergency service work.

“With the police I guess there’s a particular problem, while a lot of them are having mental health problems, they’re also carrying a weapon around,” he told 774 ABC Melbourne.

“This is thankfully still a relatively rare end point.”

About one in 10 emergency services workers show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Professor Harvey said.

He said that meant there were lessons to be learnt from the 90 per cent of workers in the field who are more resilient to mental health issues.

“So we’re trying to learn from that and trying to test whether we can train all new emergency workers to learn new resilience techniques,” Professor Harvey said.

Victoria’s Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said the State Government would work closely with police to examine how the mental health of officers could be improved.

“We look forward to working with police command about understanding what it is that drives our frontline emergency services workers to take such a sad step,” he said.

Caseyville police officer found dead after apparent suicide in squad car privateofficer.com


Caseyville IL Sept 20 2015 Illinois State Police detectives are investigating the apparent suicide of a Caseyville police officer.

Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black confirmed that Scott Miller, 48, died Thursday as a result of a gunshot. He was found around noon in a Caseyville squad car near Interstate 64 and Illinois 157, Black said.

Coroner Rick Stone said Miller died of a gunshot wound in the head.

Tearful Caseyville village employees were sent home early from work, and Caseyville Village Hall closed early on Thursday afternoon, following Miller’s death. The flag at Village Hall was lowered.

“It’s a real tragedy,” Mayor Black said. “He was an excellent officer. We appointed him interim police chief when (J.D. Roth) took his life.”

Miller was named briefly as the interim chief after longtime Caseyville Police Chief J.D. Roth committed suicide with a gun. Roth was the subject of a federal investigation.

Miller received a citation for his contribution to the arrest of Darrell Hoffman, who was charged with the fatal hit-and-run of Robert T. Marciniak, Jr. in 2000. Miller identified the body and informed the coroner’s office of a possible driving under the influence accident. Hoffman was charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and death and felony reckless homicide charges. Hoffman was sentenced to probation.

In 2005, Miller arrested a former death row inmate who was found at a Caseyville hotel with drugs and a loaded gun. Verneal Jimerson spent 11 years on Illinois death row for the 1978 murder of a Chicago couple. Jimerson was released in 1996 after DNA results cleared him. Jimerson was charged in St. Clair County with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to probation.

Miller sued Roth and the village in April 2012, alleging Roth made defamatory and false statements about him. Those statements included allegations that Miller leaked information about police department operations, according to the complaint.

A year later, Miller was one of the eight officers who signed a no-confidence petition against Roth and asked the board to remove Roth.

Roth was placed on paid leave in May 2013 after he was charged in state court with official misconduct in connection with the purchase of a 2003 Dodge Dakota Pickup seized in a drug bust. Roth used the truck for personal and police business until police officers pressured the Village Board to auction the truck. The Village Board told Roth to get bids for the truck from local car dealers. The bid process was challenged after officers learned Roth bought the truck from a dealership where his friend worked. The dealership bought the truck from the village for $7,500. Roth bought the truck less than a month later.

Roth was also charged with personal use of luggage purchased with village funds.

Roth shot himself in the head on May 30 in the backyard of his Fairview Heights home.

Documents obtained after Roth’s death revealed there was ongoing Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Department investigation into the police department that Roth headed for 12 years. Roth operated a home-based business called Special Order Firearms.

Jose Alvarez was named as chief to succeed Roth in September 2013, then was fired by Black on Feb. 12, 2014. Miller then was named as interim chief. The Village Board voted to reinstate Alvarez, but he was later charged with disorderly conduct and battery after he refused to return to his seat during a Village Board meeting and bumped into Moore.

Chris Guy, a legislative aide for state Rep. Dwight Kay, said he and Kay happened to arrive at Caseyville Village Hall shortly after noon on Thursday, to hold meetings with constituents.

Guy said several village officals and employees were present — obviously distraught.

“Their eyes were red. There were tears in all of their eyes — very choked up,” Guy said. “Several of the employees had just talked with the officer, I guess, just before we walked in.”

Guy said Kay is offering prayers and condolences to the department and the officer’s family.


St. Petersburg police officer commits suicide privateofficer.com

ST PETERSBURG FL Sept 11 2015— A St. Petersburg police officer killed himself with his department-issued gun after a fight with his girlfriend early Monday, according to a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Ryan Clark, 23, was not on duty at the time. He joined the department in December of 2012. The Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to an apartment complex at 8050 47th Ave. N about 4 a.m. Monday after Clark had an argument with his live-in girlfriend. She told them Clark had walked away.

Investigators soon found Clark outside nearby, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities say the death does not appear to be suspicious, however, they are awaiting the final autopsy report from the Medical Examiner’s Office.

St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway sent a memo to his staff about Clark’s death, urging them to support each other in their grief.

Pa. police officer suspected of staging theft kills self privateofficer.com

CARROLL, Pa.  Sept 2 2015– Authorities say a Pennsylvania police officer killed himself after a standoff that began when officers came to arrest him.

Monday’s standoff began in Carroll, about 25 miles south of Pittsburgh, when police arrived at Susquehanna Police Sgt. Ronald Reinhart Jr.’s home to arrest him.

CBS Harrisburg affiliate WHP reports police say Reinhart was suspected of stealing jewelry from a home in Upper Allen Township on July 25 and then hiding the jewelry at a home in Lower Paxton Township in an attempt to frame another person for the crime.

According to the station, Reinhart kept police at bay for hours during the standoff. The York County Coroner says the police sergeant ultimately shot himself, ending the tense situation.

Reinhart joined the police force in 1998.

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NYPD sergeant charged with sex crime commits suicide privateofficer.com

Brooklyn NY Aug 23 2015 A New York police sergeant who was arrested this month on charges that he had sex with an underage girl he met online committed suicide on Thursday, the police said.

The sergeant, Joel Doseau, 43, who was suspended after his arrest, killed himself at his home in Canarsie, Brooklyn, a police official said. Earlier, the official had said he died at a home of a relative.

A family member went to the sergeant’s home after he had not been heard from for a few days and discovered his body. The official said the sergeant had inhaled gas fumes and appeared to have died from asphyxiation.

Sergeant Doseau was arrested on Aug. 5 and arraigned in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn on 40 criminal counts, including rape and sexual abuse. He had worked for the Police Department for 12 years at the time of his arrest.

Law enforcement officials said he met his accuser online and asked her to send him sexually explicit pictures when she was 14 and living in another state. The two began a sexual relationship in 2008 when she was 15, the police said. The relationship continued until 2010, when she was 17.

Sergeant Doseau was charged with four counts of third-degree rape — statutory rape — because his accuser was under the age of consent when the alleged sexual activity took place. The age of consent in New York State is 17.

Former Michigan City police officer found dead following allegations of misconduct privateofficer.com

Robert Grant

MICHIGAN CITY IN Aug 4 2015  LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department confirmed former Michigan City Police Department officer Rob Grant was found dead Saturday.

LaPorte County Sheriff Department spokesman Capt. Mike Kellems said sheriff’s deputies were contacted Saturday by a friend of Grant’s family who was worried Grant had not been answering his cellphone Saturday morning.

“By tracing his cellphone, we could pinpoint a location for Grant, showing that the cellphone was somewhere just two miles from his home,” Kellems said.

He said police found Grant’s vehicle in a rural area along County Road 300 North near County Road 400 West, about 3 miles north and west of LaPorte. He said Grant was found dead inside the vehicle with self-inflicted gunshot wounds and was pronounced by the LaPorte County coroner’s office with authorities classifying the death as a suicide.

Grant, who had recently resigned from his police position, was a Michigan City Police officer held in high regard for his work in uniform, but had been arrested last week on drug-related charges.

Grant, 37, was charged in LaPorte Superior Court 4 on two counts of official misconduct and one count of possession of a legend drug without a prescription, all Level 6 felonies.

A legend drug is legally defined as a narcotic that can only be obtained through a prescription from a doctor.

Each of the counts carried a six month to two and a half year sentencing range.

Michigan City Police Chief Mark Swistek said Saturday he had no comment on Grant’s death.

After Grant was taken into custody last week, he was transported to the LaPorte County Jail and released on $755 cash bond, and placed on a five-day suspension without pay prior to his resignation.

Grant was a 12-year member of the department and member of the Fugitive Apprehension Street Team, which consists of police officers from Michigan City, the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Office.

“Because he resigned, he was no longer employed as a police officer,” Kellems said. “But Rob was a very well-liked guy and there will be police officers paying him honors in the coming days.”


Former Milwaukee police officer commit suicide privateofficer.com

Police car

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. July 27 2015—The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office said it is investigating the apparent suicide of a former Milwaukee police officer.

Officials said Michael Lutz, 44, suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in the presence of Menomonee Falls tactical officers after a brief tactical situation in the 12300 block of West Mill Road.

Officials said Lutz ran in the primary election for the Milwaukee aldermanic seat previously held by Joe Dudzik. Dudzik was killed in a motorcycle crash May 21.

An autopsy is set for Monday.

Former Miami-Dade Police Director Death Ruled As Suicide privateofficer.com

Miami-Dade FL July 25 2015 The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner has ruled the death of retired Miami-Dade Police Director Robert Parker as a suicide.

Parker died of an apparent gunshot wound, according to a law enforcement source close to the investigation.

Parker’s family noticed that he wasn’t answering his phone around 7 p.m. Wednesday night.

Around 10 p.m., Parker’s two sons found their father on the ground near a call at Maxiel Thomas’ home.

“They knocked on the door and said they wanted to look in the back. So they did and that’s were they found him,” said Thomas. “He was just lying there.”

“We heard screaming and yelling, of course, from his family and then when we seen over there, you know, we seen that he was deceased,” said neighbor George Frye.

Woodrow Jenkins said he spoke to Parker right before he left a church and everything seemed fine.

“As he always does, greets and talks, greet me, you know, I’ll see you later, you know I’ll see you later, that was, that was it,” said Jenkins.

Cecil Lamb says he’s been Parker’s pastor and close friend for more than three decades.

“It’s crazy, I mean, what? Why didn’t he call me if he was going through something? It just baffles my thinking,” he told CBS4’s Natalia Zea.

He says he’s been there as Parker rose through the ranks of Miami-Dade P-D, through the race riots of the 1980s and ultimately seeing him take the top spot, before he retired in 2009.

“Not Bob! No. We love this guy. We have friends calling from all over. It’s like, we don’t believe it. It’s like a nightmare,” said Lamb.

Pastor Lamb says Parker, his wife and his niece just drove back from Georgia yesterday and that Parker had said he was tired. He also had high blood pressure recently and a bloodwork appointment scheduled for today. But the Pastor says Parker’s family has no clue why he would take his own life.

“Apparently this one must’ve been too heavy. He didn’t want to discuss it with anyone,” said Lamb.

Community leaders are reacting to the loss of a man who spent more than 30 years in law enforcement giving back.

“I found him to be an excellent director, an excellent police officer. It’s a tragedy it really is,” said Luis Fuste with the Miami-Dade Police Benevolence Association.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued a statement on Parker’s death.

“Director Parker dedicated his life to the safety of Miami-Dade County. He was a member of the Miami-Dade Police Department for 33 years and in 2004 made history by becoming the first African American director of the Department. He led MDPD for five years until retiring in 2009. This is a painful time for Miami-Dade Police Officers, all County employees and our community. I ask all residents to keep Director Parker and his family in their thoughts and prayers.”

A U.S. Army vet, Parker spent 33 years with the Miami-Dade PD before retiring in 2009. He was the department’s first African-American director. He was recently part of a team that was hired to review police procedures and practices in Baltimore following the riots in that city earlier this year.

Late Thursday afternoon, Parker’s family issued a statement to the community reading:

“We thank the Miami-Dade Police Department and the community for all their support at this difficult time. Words cannot express the sadness my family feels from losing such a strong, compassionate and God-fearing man. What little relief we feel, comes from remembering that he spent his life in service to his community and from realizing that we are not alone; that we are surrounded and supported by the people he loved and cherished the most.”

– The Parker Family

“The Lord is my light and salvation.” ~ Psalms 27

Parker’s wife is a retired Miami-Dade Police officer, and his daughter currently works on the force.

CBS Miami

Former Rio Grande City police chief dies in apparent suicide privateofficer.com

Dutch Piper

RIO GRANDE CITY TX June 25 2015 Former Police Chief Dutch Piper was found dead overnight in an apparent suicide, officials said Tuesday.

Piper’s death came hours before he was set to appear before a U.S. magistrate in McAllen, where FBI agents filed a criminal complaint that accused the former chief of stealing more than $44,000 from a federal grant program that pays for overtime.

Police Chief Noe Castillo said Piper, 63, was found inside his vehicle at his Rio Grande City home in the 100 block of South Aguirre Avenue with a possibly self-inflicted gunshot wound.

No further details about Piper’s death were immediately available.

The FBI on Monday filed a criminal complaint in federal court in McAllen that accused the former chief of stealing more than $44,000 in grant money for overtime intended for border security operations at local police departments.

Piper said rather than working during most of the overtime hours, he spent time at home or at local restaurants.

“I did it out of being lazy and stupidity. I am very, very sorry for my actions.” Piper told FBI investigators, according to the complaint.

Piper told investigators that he did not work 70 percent of the time he claimed to work on his time sheet under the Operation Stonegarden grant, the complaint states.

Piper had been expected to surrender to FBI agents today to face his federal theft charges.

Piper announced his resignation from the department in August 2014 and was replaced by Castillo, the current police chief. He officially stepped down in December.

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File Photo: Officer Michael Compare is pictured here in 2013, shortly before competing in a triathlon.

Milford CT June 24 2015 A Milford police officer who died early Monday shot and killed himself, local officials said Monday afternoon.

“The Milford Police Department received notification from the State of Connecticut Medical Examiner’s Office regarding the cause of death in this investigation,” police said in a written statement. “It was determined that Michael Compare died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

“On behalf of Chief Keith L. Mello and the Milford Police Department, this day is a tragic loss for the family; friends and community Michael belonged to and so proudly served. We thank you for your kind words and support regarding Michael. Michael will be greatly missed.”

Earlier today Milford police were investigating the “untimely death” of an off-duty police officer at his home early Monday morning.

Michael Compare, 36, who had been on the Milford force for three years, was found on June 22 at approximately 12:30 a.m. after the Milford Police Department received a call regarding an untimely death at 43 Naugatuck Avenue.

Compare received medical treatment at the scene and was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead by medical personnel.

The Milford Police Department asked the Connecticut State Police to assist with the investigation.

Police said they are continuing with the investigation and will provide further details as they become available.

“This is an isolated incident and there is no immediate danger to the community,” a police statement reads.

By about 2:30 p.m. Monday, state and local police appeared to have left the scene. Earlier in the day, a crime van was parked in front of the residence and investigators could be seen entering and leaving the home.

Compare was an athlete who took part in triathlons, most notably one in 2013 in honor of a young victim of the Sandy Hook shootings.

Along with other officers, Compare assisted officers in Newtown after the shootings by covering their patrols, assisting in escorts and security details around their town. It was that assistance that made him want to take part in the sporting event in honor of Chase Kowalski, one of the young victims.

Compare had competed in several marathons, half-marathons, triathlons and completed his first Ironman triathlon in Louisville, Ky., in August 2012.

Just yesterday, on Father’s Day, his Facebook posting saluted his own father for helping him succeed in many “races.”

“Happy Father’s Day to a man that helped me cross many finish lines and was always there to cheer me on,” the posting states. “We have been through many ‘races’ together in this life, some up hill and some on nice flat roads, but I couldn’t ask for a better Dad and I look forward to crossing many more ‘finish lines’ with you Dad.”

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