Buffalo police officer indicted for stealing woman’s money from purse privateofficer.com

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. Oct 25 2014 — Buffalo Police Officer Michael Missana has been charged and indicted on charges of Petit Larceny and Official Misconduct.
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedia says Missana stole $130 from a woman’s pocketbook, while he was on duty.
Sedita says the pocketbook was found by a Good Samaritan. That person handed the pocketbook over to police, thinking they would return it to its owner.
Instead, Sedita says the officer stole the money before returning the bag.
Missana has been arraigned and pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance.
Police Commissioner Dan Derenda has suspended Missana without pay.
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Jefferson County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Commits Suicide privateofficer.com

 

Lucas KY Oct 21 2014 The second-in-command at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was found dead Monday afternoon in a state park lodge from a gunshot wound.
Col. Mike Hettich, well-known for his work as chief deputy with the sheriff’s office and as Kentucky’s national representative with the Fraternal Order of Police, was 56.
“The whole agency is in a state of shock,” Col. Carl Yates said. “This was very unexpected, very sudden, very sad.”
Hettich and three majors from the sheriff’s office traveled to Barren River Lake state park, southwest of Glasgow, for a training session for law enforcement command executives that began Monday.
Hettich, a 33-year veteran of the department, attended the morning session and returned to his room at the lodge during a lunch break. He was soon found dead in his room, from what is believed to have been a self-inflicted wound.
No foul play is suspected.
Yates said he and Sheriff John Aubrey combed through his personnel file Monday and found stacks of commendations. He was not under any sort of investigation, Yates said.
“Everyone’s asking, but nobody has a clue as to why,” Yates said.
Hettich, a graduate of Trinity High School, was married to a major at Louisville Metro Police. He had one child and a step-daughter. His sister also works for the sheriff, Yates said.
His body is being returned to Louisville for an autopsy to confirm the manner of death.
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell two years ago recommended Hettich be appointed to the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Board, which hunts for officers across the country to be honored with the attorney general’s award for courage.
McConnell issued a statement Monday, calling Hettich “a giant of public service.”
Hettich was a past president of the Fraternal Order of Police Deputy Sheriff’s Lodge 25 in Jefferson County.
He served as Kentucky’s national trustee for the Fraternal Order of Police.
“He was a big cut up, he’d joke with you,” Yates said. “But when it gets time to get serious, he’s very serious.”
The Courier Journal

Baltimore School Police Officer Sentenced to Two Years in Prison in Drug Trafficking privateofficer.com

 

US Attorney
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BALTIMORE, MD Oct 13 2014 —Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Napoleon McLain, Jr., age 31, of Randallstown, Maryland today to two years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base. McLain was an officer with the Baltimore City School Police Force (BCSPF). BCSPF officers are granted police privileges to carry firearms and conduct arrests within the City of Baltimore.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“It is shocking when a police officer is caught selling illegal drugs,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Fortunately there is no evidence that the defendant distributed drugs to school students.”
According to his plea agreement, from no later than December 2012 to August 2013, while he was employed as a BCSPF officer, McLain was a member of a conspiracy to distribute cocaine base. McLain bought multiple ounces of cocaine base at a time from his suppliers, which he sold to others. On four occasions between December 2012 and August 2013, McLain sold a total of approximately 150 grams of cocaine base to a confidential source for $9,800.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI for its work in the investigation and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney David I. Sharfstein, who prosecuted the case.

Chicago police officer committed suicide amid worries over wrongful-death lawsuit privateofficer.com

 

Chicago Police Officer Robert Campbell
Chicago IL Oct 12 2014 On Nov. 2, 2010, Chicago Police Officer Robert Campbell was dangling from a moving car when he fatally shot a young driver as he was speeding out of a Kentucky Fried Chicken parking lot and away from a police on the South Side.
The driver’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Campbell and the city last year in federal court. Then in June, Campbell submitted to a contentious deposition about the events that led to the death of 21-year-old Joshua Madison, a father of two sons.
About two weeks later, the tragedy multiplied: Officer Campbell committed suicide.
Newly obtained police reports show the lawsuit — and the deposition — were weighing on the 33-year-old gang enforcement officer before he hanged himself in his Southwest Side apartment in July.
“It is unfortunate that the stress of the lawsuit may have contributed to Officer Campbell’s death,” said Kathleen Zellner, the lawyer who filed the lawsuit. “We were unable to settle the case with the city attorneys prior to his deposition.”
“Officer Campbell’s death was a tragedy, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends,” said John Holden, a spokesman for the city’s Law Department.
Zellner and attorneys for the city were scheduled to discuss a possible settlement this week, but it’s unclear from court records what happened.
According to police reports the Chicago Sun-Times obtained through the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, one of Campbell’s fellow officers told detectives investigating his death that he was “worried about a deposition” he gave in June.
In the deposition, Campbell said the shooting was a “wake-up call” for his excessive drinking.
Campbell said his alcohol abuse caused him to become irritable and provoke physical altercations and “he acted in a way that he did not like,” according to a court filing by Zellner. Campbell said he sought treatment for his drinking shortly after the shooting, the filing said.
In the lawsuit, Campbell is accused of firing recklessly into the passenger window of a Nissan Maxima driven by Madison.
Another officer had been conducting surveillance for drug dealing in the parking lot of the KFC restaurant at 59th and Western. The officer saw two people approach the Nissan but didn’t see any packets of drugs being handed over. Still, the officer instructed Campbell and another officer to park their unmarked car in front of the Nissan to block Madison and his girlfriend from leaving, the lawsuit said.
Campbell allegedly drew his gun and pointed the weapon at Madison, who tried to drive away because he feared for his life.
Campbell leaned into the passenger window, and Madison accelerated toward the exit with the officer hanging onto the car. Campbell fired about a dozen shots at Madison while his girlfriend watched in the passenger seat, the lawsuit said.
No drugs or weapons were found, and police didn’t have any evidence that Madison committed a crime, the lawsuit said. Madison wasn’t trying to run over Campbell or scrape him against another vehicle, according to the lawsuit.
But the city denied in a court filing that Campbell’s use of deadly force was improper.
On July 8, about two weeks after Campbell gave his deposition, police officers and paramedics conducted a well-being check at his apartment because he failed to show up at work.
They found him in a bedroom, hanging from a belt. Officers searched for notes he might have left for his family, but the police reports don’t mention that any were found.
John Violanti, a professor at the University at Buffalo/The State University of New York, said officers like Campbell are at higher risk of suicide than the public.
“Police officers don’t want to go out and kill somebody,” said Violanti, a former New York State trooper. “Officers who do that usually get in a lot of turmoil.”
Officers involved in shootings can suffer the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, including flashbacks, he said.
“And there are some officers who don’t want to deal with it and kill themselves,” Violanti said.
The suicide rate for officers is about 16 per 100,000 people, compared with about 11 per 100,000 for the public, according to a study Violanti conducted. He said departments must do everything they can to support officers involved in fatal shooting incidents.
In his deposition, Campbell said he went through mandatory counseling following the shooting.
Chicago Police officials said privacy issues bar them from talking about services provided to Campbell. But every officer involved in a shooting must participate in a class “with a strong emotional component as well as firearms training,” according to the department.
If a problem is identified, the officer is referred to an employee assistance program for more counseling.
Starting this year, a new traumatic incident stress management program was created “to further minimize the aftereffects of a traumatic incident, which can include police-involved shootings,” according to a department statement, which added: “We have also recently included alcohol testing in our random drug testing for department members.”
One officer who was involved in a shooting told the Sun-Times he was satisfied with the services he received.
“I got what I needed,” said the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to talk to the media.
Chicago Sun Times

Recently retired Flagler sheriff’s deputy commits suicide at Heroes Park privateofficer.com

 

Joseph Delarosby, a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy with almost 20 years’ service, took his life overnight or early this morning at Palm Coast’s ...
A recently retired Flagler County sheriff’s deputy whose body was found early Tuesday by a passer-by at Heroes Memorial Park in Palm Coast died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, sheriff’s officials said.
 The body of Joe Delarosby, 50, a highly decorated deputy who retired in August after 19 years with the department, was found beneath a tree in the park off Palm Coast Parkway NW in Palm Coast near a memorial for fallen law enforcement and fire personnel, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Paula Priester.

Investigators did not find a suicide note.
Delarosby was married with one child, sheriff’s spokesman Cmdr. Bob Weber said. He started working for the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office in March 1995 and retired on Aug. 10.
“He had been in patrol division, civil process (serving injunctions) and his last duty was as bailiff in the courts,” Weber said.
Over the course of his career, Delarosby received numerous awards and accolades including 27 agency commendations, 12 certificates of appreciation, and 13 personal letters of appreciation, Priester said.
The Sheriff’s Office received a phone call just after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday from a passer-by who reported discovering the body of a man in the vicinity of the park, Priester said. The caller advised that the man appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound.
A line of sheriff’s patrol cars and other vehicles on the north shoulder of Palm Coast Parkway NW slowed westbound traffic for several hours Tuesday morning and the park was closed off with crime scene tape as investigators checked the scene, including the interior of Delarosby’s maroon SUV, which was parked facing the memorial.
Friends of the veteran officer remembered Delarosby as being composed, thorough and professional, especially when things got rough.
“When we were dealing with the worst of the worst, he was the guy,” sheriff’s Sgt. Michael VanBuren, a longtime friend, said by phone Tuesday. “He was willing to go and give everything he had to other people. He loved his job.”
Delarosby’s resignation letter, dated July 9, didn’t carry that tone.
“This notice of retirement is irrevocable,” Delarosby wrote. “I would like to thank you for the opportunity to have served the people of Flagler County. It has truly been an honor.”
Delarosby was named deputy of the year in 2004 after providing emotional support to the widow and fellow law enforcement officers after Deputy Charles “Chuck” Sease was killed in the line of duty in July 2003, according to News-Journal archives.
Delarosby also organized memorials and lobbied the state Legislature to designate the Interstate 95 and State Road 100 intersection as the “Charles ‘Chuck’ Sease Memorial Interchange,” and he sat with Sease’s widow, Sue, throughout the weeklong trial of Bruce Harold Grove, the man convicted of killing Sease during a high-speed chase.
Delarosby also was the first on the scene in August 2002 when a passenger bus from Pittsburgh on its way to Disney World crashed into the median on Interstate 95 just south of State Road 100, news reports state. He and other rescuers pulled more than a dozen people with cuts and bruises out of the bus. The driver’s legs were pinned for more than an hour and he was eventually airlifted to Halifax Health Medical Center and was in stable condition by the next day.
In 2012, Delarosby actively campaigned for Republican candidate for sheriff John Pollinger, who lost in the primary to incumbent Sheriff Don Fleming, who lost to Jim Manfre in the general election.
“Joe was a one-man pep rally. He was there for everybody,” Pollinger recalled Tuesday. “It’s very sad that he couldn’t find his own happiness and thought there was no other way.”
The date of Delarosby’s suicide, Oct. 7, also bears some special significance: 10-7 is police radio code for “out of service.”
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Ottawa Police Service mourns officer who committed suicide privateofficer.com

 

Ottawa Canada Sept 29 2014 There will be difficult days ahead as the Ottawa Police Service mourns the loss of a well-known officer and 22-year veteran who took his own life Sunday, Chief Charles Bordeleau told reporters.
Staff Sgt. Kal Ghadban, 43, was found dead in his office Sunday shortly after 1 p.m. at the city police headquarters on Elgin Street. Police believe he used his service-issued firearm to end his life.
“He was a dedicated police officer, committed to his community,” Bordeleau said in the lobby of the Elgin station on Sunday night, flanked by deputy chiefs Ed Keeley and Jill Skinner and director general Debra Frazer. “The media and the community know him very well. He spoke passionately about policing and he was loyal to the Ottawa Police Service and we mourn his loss.
“It’s important that as a police service and a community that we come together to support Kal’s family and his colleagues.”
Ontario’s civilian police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, which investigates incidents of death, serious injury or sexual assault involving officers, is now investigating, and beginning to piece together answers to questions that plague Ghadban’s family, friends and colleagues.
Ghadban’s death came the same day as the Canadian Police and Peace Officers Memorial was being held on Parliament Hill. The national memorial is held annually to honour officers killed in the line of duty.
As officers began to turn their attention to the week ahead after days of memorial events, news of Ghadban’s death began to ripple through police circles — a reality that Bordeleau said was nothing less than tragic.
“This is difficult, it’s not a day that you want as a chief,” Bordeleau said. “It shows the fragility of life.”
Officers are being supported while they continue to work and those who need to talk are encouraged to speak out. Supervisors, the victim crisis unit and a stress management team have all been tasked to assist other members of the service.
“We’re 2,000 men and women, sworn and civilian, who care passionately about our community and Kal was one of those individuals who touched many of us in this police service,” Bordeleau said.
Ghadban was most recently the officer in charge of the break and enter, street crime and human-trafficking units for the Ottawa service.
He had a significant public profile — thanks in large part to his outreaching Twitter account and having been the pointman for media and the public on several prominent investigations. Those included the recent case of a drunken teen who mistakenly entered Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s home and an ongoing investigation into a string of break-ins targeting valuables in homes of the Asian community.
“Kal had a way to dealing with people,” Bordeleau said. “He got his message across. He was very direct with people. He was compassionate. He was professional.”
Ghadban had also seen scrutiny on the job. After an altercation on Canada Day in 2005, a then-18-year-old aspiring hockey player sued the officer and the service for a hit to the face that left him unconscious. Ghadban was charged with unlawful or unnecessary exercise of authority under the Police Services Act, but was never charged criminally. The next year, he was acquitted of the internal disciplinary charges when a hearing officer found that his actions were justified.
The service reached a confidential settlement with the man in September of last year.
Ghadban, a longtime Dallas Cowboys fan, was hired by the Nepean police force right out of high school. That service and others amalgamated to form the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Police Service in 1995. It was renamed the Ottawa Police Service in 2001.
Ghadban believed in bridging the gap between communities and police. In 2006, during a blitz for nuisance enforcement, Ghadban told the Citizen that police have to take a proactive approach and be the “solution” if they ever want anything to change.
“Imagine you have to live in this neighbourhood and you have to wake up to the smell of urine and beer bottles on your front lawn,” he reasoned with a 20-year-old, standing his ground as he wrote the young man a $125 ticket for walking down the street drinking a beer. He’d give out five tickets more in the span of an hour.
The officer had served on several community organizations and was always quick to point out fine police work done by his officers.
Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod told her social media followers that when abuse of potent painkiller fentanyl began to take grip in her community in 2012, Ghadban helped her and the people of Manotick. “I will always be grateful to him,” MacLeod tweeted.
Addicted teenagers in the area had resorted to breaking into homes and looking for anything they could sell to get high. It spiked the crime rate and the community’s concern.
“It’s a problem everyone can help with and must help with,” Ghadban said at an information session held by MacLeod and police.
The SIU has not set a timeline for its ongoing investigation.
Ghadban is survived by his wife, two sons and daughter.

Los Angeles Police Department officer commits suicide during domestic disturbance privateofficer.com

 

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. SEPT 27 2014 — A Los Angeles Police Department officer apparently killed himself Tuesday in Thousand Oaks after authorities responded to a report of a domestic disturbance.

The situation began about 1:30 Tuesday afternoon when police were called to a domestic disturbance in the 3100 block of Apache Circle, according to authorities.
The man stayed inside the home, although a woman who apparently had been involved in the disturbance managed to get out of the home fairly early on, according to police.
Police tried for several hours to contact the man inside, but received no response.
Ultimately, they went into the home and found him dead at about 6 p.m., said Senior Deputy Tim Lohman, who added that it appeared the man had killed himself, although authorities did not say how he had done so.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed he was with the agency.
“He was one of our officers,” said Drake Madison, an officer with the department. “He apparently committed suicide.”
Madison said the agency was not releasing his name before being assured next of kin had been notified.
Madison said the officer was assigned to an office in the San Fernando Valley, although he could not give a specific office.
During the height of the situation, police blocked roads and intersections in the neighborhood near Wildwood Regional Park in Thousand Oaks. But within a couple of hours after the man was found dead, there was little sign of anything out of the ordinary except in front of the two-story single-family home where the incident occurred.
At the house, which is two doors from Apache Circle’s intersection with Rainbow Creek Circle, there were six or seven officers — some in uniform and some in plain clothes — in the front yard or going in or out around 8:40 p.m. Lights were on downstairs in the muted yellow stucco house with white trim, while a light was on and the window was open in what appeared to be a bedroom with a balcony upstairs over the garage. The only other visible light that was on upstairs appeared to be in a bathroom.
In front of the house, a dark sport utility vehicle and a silver-colored pickup were in the driveway. Parked in front of the house on the cul-de-sac were a patrol car and a crime scene investigation van.
Although few people were outside in the neighborhood after dark, neighbor Rob O’Keefe was sitting on the front porch of a home on Rainbow Creek Circle.
He said a police officer lived with his wife in the home where the body was found. O’Keefe said they were a nice couple and that he would often see the man walking his dog in the area.
Neighbor Al Hans said he’s lived in the neighborhood for a number of years. He said it’s a quiet area, so he was surprised to see the police in the neighborhood of stucco homes that appeared to have been built in the 1970s.
Madison said Los Angeles police might provide more information on the dead officer on Wednesday. But for now, he summed up the situation in a few words:
“We lost one of our own.”

Radnor Township police officer commits suicide in police parking lot privateofficer.com

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Radnor Township PA Sept 12 2014  — Law enforcement officials have confirmed the suicide death of a local police officer.

Township police are mourning the death of Officer Robert “John” Miller, a 9-year veteran of the department.

Authorities say Miller, 34, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in the police department parking lot at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

According to a witness who arrived outside the police station at 6:45 p.m., emergency vehicles were on the scene at that time, and police had cordoned off the officer’s pickup truck in the employee parking lot with crime scene tape.

The Radnor cop’s suicide comes less than two weeks after a police officer committed suicide in his vehicle outside of the Lower Providence police station in Montgomery County.

“Please keep Officer Miller and his family in your thoughts and prayers,” said police officials in a statement released late this morning.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Lower Providence officer found dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound privateofficer.com

 

LOWER PROVIDENCE PA Aug 30 2014 — A man found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in the parking lot of the township municipal building Wednesday afternoon, has been identified as a police officer.

The Lower Providence Police Department has identified the officer as Mark F. Wells, a 25-year employee of the township police department.

The release says the 45-year-old man was found in a green utility vehicle in the lower parking lot of the township building around 2:30 p.m.

The Lower Providence Township Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, the release said.

Lower Providence Ambulance and the county coroner were also at the scene.
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Adairsville police lieutenant commits suicide in patrol vehicle privateofficer.com

 

 

 

Adairsville GA Aug 24 2014 Adairsville police Lt. Matt Fowler was remembered Friday evening as an enthusiastic law enforcement officer who loved his community and his job.

Fowler, 31, of Rome, was found dead Friday afternoon in his unmarked Ford Crown Victoria in the Adair subdivision off Ga. 140 in Adairsville.
He was pronounced dead at 5:45 p.m. and his death is a suspected suicide, according to Bartow County Deputy Coroner Brian Irish. He died of gunshot wound to the head, Irish said.
Fowler’s body is being sent the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab for a full autopsy, Irish added.
Rome Police Chief Elaine Snow said Fowler — a 2001 Rome High School graduate — first came to Rome police as a patrol officer in January 2004.
Snow said she remembers him as always smiling, and always had nice, positive things to say.
“He will be missed,” Snow said late Friday. “He was very good officer, very dedicated to his job. He loved what he did and loved his community. He worked very well with his fellow officers and was well respected.”
Snow added that during his four years of service with the Rome police he received numerous letters of commendation.
Many Romans might remember it was Fowler who caught a dangerous murder suspect in August 2007.
Fowler was the first officer to arrive on the scene of the Wilkerson Road shooting on Aug. 26, 2007, that claimed the life of Charles Jeffery Christian, 46, and seriously injured Phyllis Hayes Avery, 32, after John Clayton Corley went on a shooting spree with an AK-47.
Snow said Fowler was awarded Officer of the Month, and later Officer of the Year in 2007 for the act. He also received proclamations from both the Rome City Commission and Floyd County Commission, she added.
Fowler also served as a Floyd County police officer before going to Rome.
Floyd County police Maj. Mark Wallace said Fowler worked two stints with the county police.
“He was a young officer when he came to us,” said Wallace. “He was very business-like, a real go-getter. He came to policing from the Explorers program. It was something he always wanted to do since before he was in diapers, and he really designed his life around doing that.”
According to Fowler’s LinkedIn.com account, he worked at the Euharlee Police Department before going to the Adairsville police in 2012.
At Adairsville, he held the position of chief of detectives and support services division commander as well as the department’s public information officer.
Adairsville City Manager Pam Madison said his death is a loss for their community.
“He was definitely one of the good guys,” she said.
Adairsville interim Police Chief Arnold E. Gillman could not be reached for comment late Friday.
Snow added that even though Fowler hadn’t worked for her department in years, he would still drop by her office from time to time to say hello.
“He was more than just an officer,” Snow added. “He was our brother, and he was a dear friend. It just breaks my heart. This is a tremendous loss for us.”

Houston officer who took his life was part of ticket-rigging internal investigation privateofficer.com

 

HOUSTON TX Aug 21 2014  — The KHOU I-Team has confirmed the officer who took his life was under internal investigation. He was a 21-year veteran of the force, and out of respect for the family, KHOU has chosen not to release his name until Houston Police officially do so.
Multiple sources confirm to the I-Team that he was relieved of duty earlier Tuesday. He is one of four HPD officers relieved and ordered to turn in their badges amid a ticket-rigging investigation that questions where those officers were, and when.
An I-Team analysis of speeding tickets written by the Houston Police Traffic Enforcement Unit reveals several dozen cases in which officers were listed in two places at once. That includes the officer who committed suicide.
For example, he is listed on two tickets along the Katy Freeway one early February morning. At 12:29 a.m., he is shown as a witnessing officer near the Westcott Street exit. But also at 12:29 a.m, the same officer is listed as writing a ticket to another citizen near Gessner Road.
That’s seven miles away.
Another set of questionable tickets occurred late at night in May along the Katy Freeway. Records show the same officer was supposedly at Westcott Street witnessing a speeder. But somehow, he was also writing up a citizen for speeding nine miles away at the same exact time.
The I-Team also identified cases in which the same officer was listed on two completely different roads. Also in May, the same officer is listed at I-610 and Memorial Drive at 12:52 a.m., but also listed at I-10 and Gessner Road at 12:52 a.m.
The facts indicate it is fiction.
Law enforcement sources told the I-Team the motivation for the alleged ticket-rigging was court overtime. Witnessing officers are subpoenaed and must appear ready to testify.
Records show the officer who killed himself made $158,000 in overtime over the past three years.
It’s unclear how much of that overtime was linked to the questionable tickets.
Relief of a duty is an action that HPD traditionally has taken in only the most serious of cases, that may result in criminal charges.
The Houston Police Department was not immediately available for comment.
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Houston police officer commits suicide at old headquarters privateofficer.com

 

HPD officer shot near city jail

HOUSTON TX Aug 20 2014 – A Houston police officer shot and killed himself Tuesday afternoon in downtown Houston, according to reports.
The incident happened at that old HPD headquarters, located in the 6100 block of Riesner.
Upon completion of traffic court, the officer went back to the garage and entered his patrol car.
Police sources said the officers who made the discovery were alerted by the fact that the emergency lights in the victim’s patrol unit had been turned on and were flashing. That’s what made them take a closer look. They found him dead inside the car.
“When officers pulled him out of the vehicle, at that point, they determined he was deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Houston Police Public Information Officer Victor Senties.
The officers also retrieved the weapon from the patrol car. The officer’s identity has not been released.

Cerritos College police chief found dead at motel from suicide privateofficer.com

 

NORWALK CA Aug 20 2014 Cerritos College officials confirmed Tuesday that the school’s chief of police, Richard Bukowiecki, died as a result of an apparent suicide.
Westminster police officials informed college authorities of Bukowiecki’s death Monday, said Aya Abelon, spokeswoman for Cerritos College.
Officers were called to a Super 8 motel in the 15500 block of Beach Boulevard yesterday after a cleaning woman found Bukowiecki’s body inside one of the rooms, Westminster police Sgt. Richard Mize said.
Investigators learned Bukowiecki had checked into the motel on Sunday.
The 47-year-old married man served on the campus police force for 26 years and was chief for the past eight, Abelon said.
Bukowiecki joined campus police in 1988 as a part-time dispatcher and became an officer the following year. He served as a lieutenant for 11 years before being promoted to interim chief of police. In 2012 he was awarded Outstanding Classified Manager.
He is also credited with creating a program that allows students majoring in administration of justice to work for the department while completing their associate’s degrees and for helping install emergency phone towers in campus parking lots.
Faculty and staff were informed of Bukowiecki’s death Tuesday, said Abelon.
College President Linda Lacy called his death “a tragedy” in an email statement to staff, according to the school’s newspaper, Talon Marks.
Counselors are being made available to staff members at the Norwalk campus, she said, and anyone requiring additional support can call a 24-hour counseling hotline at 800-531-0200.
It is unclear if students were alerted to his death.
The Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department is investigating and will determine his cause of death, police said.
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Peekskill police officer victim of suicide privateofficer.com

 

Peekskill is mourning the death of city Police Officer Christopher Vazeos, a 23-year veteran of the department who also grew up in Peekskill and was remembered for his dedication to his job and community.
“He certainly was a consummate professional,” said Peekskill Police Chief Eric Johansen, who recalled Vazeos’ heroic deeds, including his willingness to dive into the Hudson River to help save an older couple who accidentally drove their vehicle into the water in October 2005. “He saw someone in need, and thinking nothing of jumping in, he unbuckled his gun belt and went in. That was the kind of officer he was.”
Vazeos, 49, was pronounced dead early Saturday in his home at 7 Welcher Ave. of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in a suicide, the Westchester County Office of the Medical Examiner said.
More than a half-dozen Peekskill police vehicles and a Westchester County Crime Scene Unit truck were outside a multiunit home at 7 Welcher Ave. late Friday into the morning hours. Johansen said the incident remained under investigation.
Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina, who witnesses said was at the scene at the start of the police investigation, later took to his Facebook page, announcing Vazeos’ death and thanking him for his years of service.
“If you’ve been around Peekskill for 23 years or less, you probably had contact with Chris,” Catalina wrote. “He was everywhere helping, protecting and saving lives and property. There are no words to soften this blow.”
Vazeos, who is survived by his mother and children, graduated from Peekskill High School and was well-known throughout the community, Johansen said. He epitomized community policing with his knowledge of Peekskill and its residents, the chief said.
“He was a very active member,” Johansen said. “Everyone knew who he was.”
Authorities arrived at the Welcher Avenue house shortly after 9 p.m. Friday and remained there until after 3 a.m. Saturday.
The building is opposite a shopping plaza containing a McDonald’s and an A&P.
Authorities at the Peekskill police station later said Vazeos was off duty at the time of his death.
Vazeos made numerous arrests throughout his career and on more than one instance survived physical attacks while on duty.
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N.Y. Trooper Dies From Self-Inflicted Wound privateofficer.com

 

NASSAU, N.Y. July 2 2014 — A state trooper who earned the Girl Scouts’ highest award and was an honors student killed herself with her division-issued weapon, State Police said Monday.
Fishermen discovered the body of Trooper Kerstin S. Williams, 27, on the southern shore of Nassau Lake at about 9 p.m. Sunday near Lake Shore Circle Drive, troopers said.
An autopsy conducted Monday confirmed the cause of death, said Capt. Scott Coburn of Troop G in Latham.
Williams did not leave a suicide note, troopers said.
Details about the self-inflicted wound were not disclosed by State Police.
Williams’ death comes as the nation’s law enforcement leadership has devoted more time to discussing the causes of officer suicides and developing ways to prevent them.
Studies and statistical reviews have found that “law enforcement officer deaths by suicide were twice as high as compared to traffic accidents and felonious assaults during 2012,” according to the International Association of Chiefs of Police report “Breaking the Silence on Law Enforcement Suicides.”
The report notes that between June 30, 2009 and Monday there were four suicides involving members of the State Police. That’s over a five-year period. It also recommends police agencies conduct training and intervention to prevent officer suicides.
Williams joined the State Police in November 2012. After graduating from the State Police Academy, she was assigned to Troop F in Liberty, Sullivan County.
Williams’ last shift was Thursday. She then had the weekend off, Coburn said.
Williams, a lifelong town resident, earned the Girl Scouts’ Gold Award, which was presented at a 2004 ceremony at the Executive Mansion in Albany. She graduated from The College of Saint Rose in 2008 with a bachelor of science degree and was named to the dean’s list.
“Trooper Williams always had a positive attitude and was eager to do a good job while on the road,” Maj. Patrick Regan, the Troop F commander, said in a statement.
“She was well-liked by both her peers and supervisors and showed the skill set and potential to have an outstanding career with the New York State Police,” Regan continued.
Troopers were stunned by Williams’ death, Coburn said. Investigators into her death and troopers who worked with her have access to counseling through the Employee Assistance Program, Coburn said

Rookie officer, 25, dies by suicide inside Wakefield police station privateofficer.com

 

Wakefield Canada June 29 2014 A 25-year-old rookie officer with the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais shot and killed himself inside the Wakefield police station Friday morning.
The officer, who had been on the job for only a month, shot himself with his police-issued firearm, confirmed the Sûreté du Québec, the provincial police force now overseeing the investigation into what happened.
The officer was from the Outaouais, police said.
“Despite the rapid intervention of several other police officers, unfortunately, his death was confirmed at the Wakefield Hospital,” MRC des Collines police said in a statement. The death occurred around 9 a.m.
Sgt. Marc Tessier, spokesman for the Quebec provincial police force, said it’s a difficult time for all officers involved.
“It’s a shock,” Tessier said, standing outside the MRC des Collines police station in La Pêche. “It touches not only police officers from MRC but every police officer in Quebec.”
All those who were directly or indirectly involved in the incident will receive counselling.
Police said the officer had not been dismissed and was at the station on-duty Friday morning. They would not comment on whether the officer was facing any internal disciplinary action or if a dismissal process was underway.
Police would also not say whether the young officer had shown any signs of, or a history of, depression.
Police will interview any potential witnesses to the shooting.
The officer’s name was expected to be released Saturday.

Retired Canon City police officer kills himself and wife privateofficer.com

 

Dan Samento
Priscilla Samento
CANON CITY, Colo. – June 15 2014
The Canon City Police Department is mourning the loss of two of their own after a murder-suicide.
Thursday night, Police went to a home in the 700 block of Whipple Avenue to check on 49-year-old Priscilla Samento.  Samento hadn’t shown up for her late night shift as a dispatcher and wasn’t answering her phone.
Inside the home, police found her body along with her husband, 56-year-old retired Canon City Police Officer, Daniel Samento.  Investigators believe Daniel shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself.
Neighbors say they recently noticed a deterioration of Daniel’s health…both physically and mentally.
“We knew something was going on just because his physical health was starting to deteriorate and we were worried but you don’t know what to do unless somebody really asks for help,” said neighbor Keith Leonhardt.  “He was still a super guy, you could just tell he was having problems but we didn’t think that kind of problem.”
Daniel was a Canon City Police Officer for 30 years.  His wife, Priscilla, was a dispatcher for 21 years.
KRDO

Former Stamford Ct Police Chief Louis DeCarlo dead of self inflicted gunshot privateofficer.com

 

Former Stamford Police chief Louis DeCarlo was found dead in his car from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
STAMFORD CT June 15 2014  — Former Police Chief Louis DeCarlo was found dead at his Belltown home Thursday afternoon of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
DeCarlo, 71, was a 30-year veteran of the department before becoming chief in 2001. He led the department until 2004 and was remembered by colleagues and others for his kindness and devotion to his family.
Police responded to DeCarlo’s Bellmere Road home around 1 p.m. Thursday and found him dead in his car parked in the driveway. Officials said there was no indication of why he may have killed himself.
“There’s nothing I can fathom why this happened or why it would happen to anyone,” said Police Chief Jon Fontneau who was personally handling the investigation. “It’s very sad and we just have to watch out for his family at this time.”
Fontneau served under DeCarlo in the department’s Youth Bureau and reported directly to him as commander of the midnight division.
“I always will have fond memories of his kindness and I hope that’s a trait that I learned from him and that I can pass on to the troops,” Fontneau said.
During DeCarlo’s tenure, crime in the city continued a steady decline and Stamford was ranked in the top five safest cities of 100,000 people or more in the country for each year he served as chief.
He was appointed by then-mayor and now Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. In a statement, Malloy’s spokesman Andrew Doba said: “The Governor had a productive working relationship with Chief DeCarlo. During his tenure, crime in Stamford dropped precipitously. His family and friends are in the governor’s prayers.”
Current Stamford Mayor David Martin said he was saddened to hear of DeCarlo’s passing.
“The people of Stamford will remember Chief DeCarlo’s long and honorable service to the community, and his leadership of the Stamford Police Department for years to come. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this time of sorrow,” Martin said in a statement.
In public announcements of the crime figures, DeCarlo was quick to credit the officers of the department for the success in fighting crime rather than chalking it up to his leadership.
“I give credit to the officers, to their hard work, dedication and professionalism,” DeCarlo said during a 2004 press conference to announce the FBI crime stats. Between 1995 and 2004, overall crime in Stamford plummeted by nearly two-thirds.
DeCarlo’s predecessor, Dean Esserman who now serves as chief of the New Haven Police Department, said he was lucky to have a friend and partner in helping to implement community policing in the city and target high-crime areas.
“I remember promoting him to assistant chief and it was one of the smartest things I did,” Esserman said. “And one of the smartest things Mayor, now Governor, Malloy did was promote him to chief after I left.”
Esserman said he prides himself on his work ethic of being the first one in in the morning and last one out in the evening, but was often eclipsed by DeCarlo.
“He loved his job and he was loved in his job,” Esserman said noting how well respected DeCarlo was by the community and officers within the department.
DeCarlo joined the department in 1971 and five years later he was promoted to dispatcher. In 1977, he was promoted to sergeant and went on to lead the department’s special investigations bureau. Esserman promoted him in 1998 to deputy chief in command of the department’s investigative services bureau.
During his time as chief, DeCarlo redeployed the department’s motorcycle division and increased the department’s asset forfeitures due to narcotics and organized crime arrests.
Speaking about his impending retirement in 2004, DeCarlo said he would miss the camaraderie he shared with other officers the most.
“It goes beyond normal working relationships,” DeCarlo said. “It’s an amazing bond that develops.”
DeCarlo, who was raised in Stamford and moved back to the city in 1965, said he was ready for retirement and planned to paint his house, travel and spend more time with his two grandchildren.
“Right now, I want to just enjoy life, ” he said in 2004.
Throughout his career, those who rose through the ranks with him said he was always most concerned about his family and eager to talk about his two daughters. The news of DeCarlo’s death shocked all those who served with him.
“He was a very caring man, very caring about his family, his wife, kids and grandchildren and that seemed to be a big part of his life,” said Capt. Richard Conklin who served with DeCarlo throughout his career. “He was very caring of the community and the department.”
Forty-one year veteran Sgt. Paul Guzda started his career in 1973 walking the beat with DeCarlo and remembered him for his sense of humor and fun-loving nature.
“He was just one of the guys, even when he became chief,” Guzda said. “As of late, I’d see him at the golf course smiling and laughing and you’d never think anything was bothering him.”

NYPD officer takes his own life privateofficer.com

 

Brooklyn NY June 6 2014 Tragedy struck a retired Brooklyn detective who’s been at the center of prosecutors’ review of tainted murder convictions — his brother apparently took his own life Thursday, sources said.
Michael Scarcella, 50, a police officer assigned to the 71st Precinct, was found dead of an apparent suicide at his Flatlands home at about 11 a.m., sources said.
The exact cause of death was not immediately known.
His brother, Louis Scarcella, 62, a one-time renowned homicide investigator, has been implicated in a string of questionable convictions that involved unlawful tactics like threatening suspects and repeatedly using the same, drug-addled witness.
Five men, each of whom spent about 20 years in prison after Scarcella brought them down, have been cleared of murder since May 2013, including one this past Tuesday.
The Brooklyn district attorney’s office is in the process of an unprecedented review of over 50 cases the detective investigated back in the 1980s and ‘90s.
So far, the, officially stood by 11 of those convictions.
Louis Scarcella could not be reached. A man who answered the phone at his daughter’s home, solemnly said, “She’s with the family right now.”
Michael Scarcella joined the NYPD in 1989, records show.

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Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputy hangs himself privateofficer.com

 

PHOENIX, Ariz. May 10 2014– A former Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputy was found dead late Thursday afternoon after authorities went to his home to serve him with a felony warrant, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.
Mr. Arpaio said Ramon “Charley” Armendariz, 40, apparently hung himself. Law enforcement officers had been to his home four times in the past nine days. Mr. Armendariz was supposed to get an ankle monitor Wednesday but never showed up to get it. He involved Phoenix police and MCSO in a standoff Monday morning that ended peacefully.
“We found marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine and that’s what he was booked on,” said Mr. Arpaio.
Mr. Armendariz had barricaded himself into his residence near 31st Avenue and Thunderbird Road on Sunday evening, but eventually walked out of his home just after 1 a.m. and was taken into custody and to a psychiatric unit for evaluation, said Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes.
According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Armendariz has been under investigation since May 1 when he called Phoenix Police to report a burglary in progress. When police arrived they found Mr. Armendariz armed with a pepper ball gun and chasing a phantom burglar, according to Deputy Joakin Enriquez.
“Police found out he was a sheriff’s deputy and contacted us,” Mr. Enriquez said.
Detectives issued a search warrant late last week and carried away bags of evidence, according to neighbors. Deputies said they found methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia inside Mr. Armendariz’s home. Deputies say Mr. Armendariz resigned from his position May 2 after nine years of service with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
Mr. Armendariz was formerly part of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s human smuggling unit. As a member of this unit, Mr. Armendariz was asked to testify in a lawsuit against the sheriff’s office alleging deputies used racial profiling to arrest dozens of illegal immigrants. Following his testimony, Mr. Armendariz left the human smuggling unit.
Mr. Armendariz, who was openly gay, participated in the Phoenix Pride Parade while in uniform in 2012 alongside other MCSO deputies and members of the Mesa Police Department.
The drug allegations against Mr. Armendariz remain under investigation.