NYPD deputy inspector commits suicide on golf course privateofficer.com #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 privateofficer.com #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 privateofficer.com #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 privateofficer.com #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 privateofficer.com #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 privateofficer.com #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 privateofficer.com #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 privateofficer.com #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 privateofficer.com #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.
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Durham NC police officer dies from suicide privateofficer.com #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 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.

Washington Post

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.

FBI Press Release

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.